Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 19

Name Type:

Meaning: It is likely that ON tangi masc. ‘spit of land’ (CV, 625) has been loaned into Gaelic > *Tanga, in either the plural *Tangan ‘spits’, or with the locational suffix -an ‘place of the spit’ (Cox 2002b, 59), and then given the ScG definite article. There is a Loch na Tanga in South Uist (SP); ON taing also became a common dialect word taing or teeng ‘point’ in the dialects of Orkney (Taing of Midgarth in Sandnes 2010a, 250), and Shetland (Taing of Symbister, SP).
However, this could also be a Norse coinage, to which a Gaelic definite article has been added. ON tangi may also be the basis for Tangi in Orkney and Tangi Voe in Shetland (SP); Tang, Tanga and Tangen occur as farm names in Norway (OR); and Tangi is a farm name in Iceland (SAM). With the definite article tanginn, Tangen occurs six times in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: Na Tanngan and Na Tàngan - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p157.

Related Places:

A fishing rock "am fear ruadh for liù and the other for piocaich" - DMcN.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 11/1995

Informant 2: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1994

Informant 3: Donald MacNeill (Dòmhnall an Tailleir), The Land, 12/1995