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 2002, 59). 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 an original 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 and Tanga occur as farm names in Norway (OR); and Tangi is a farm name in Iceland (SAM). With the post-positioned bound 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