Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: exact location unknown

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Meaning: This is a simplex Norse name in ON berg ‘rocky boulder’ (CV, 60), 'rocky precipice' (Sandnes 2010a, 387). This has a fricative terminal -g. Cox found in Carloway '[berg] in Lewis seems to have had a more specialised sense of 'promontory', often with a bare, usually vertical, face' (Cox 2007c, 17).
There is a Beirgh Làgha in Carloway (Cox 2002, 182); Berg is a common name in the Norse Atlantic islands, for example on Whalsay, Shetland (SP); there is a Berg, a Bergen and several examples of Berge in Norway (NG); Berg is a common farm name in OR; Berg is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); and Berg occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM). See Cox 1998, 59-65 for a full discussion of this element. See also Smugabeiridh.

Other Forms: Bergh - The map MVLA INSVLA in the Atlas of Scotland, Atlas Novus, by Joan Blaeu, 1654. These maps were largely based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. NLS, 123.

Bearg - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p159.

Related Places: Sloc Seonaid

Information:A fishing rock north of Am Port Mor. Sloc Seonaid is a pool there - Effie MacKinnon, Sandaig, 12/2012.

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Languages : Norse

Informants: Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p159.

Informant 2: Nancy MacKinnon, Sangaig, 12/2012