Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 73

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This is likely to come from OI snös 'projecting rock, pot-hook' (CV, 577): 'De Snøs is the name of a headland in Foula, snøs being the word 'nose' in its pure form.' (Jakobsen 1897, 92) Snøsen occurs twice, while Snøs- is an extremely common specific in Norway, as in Snøsvika (NG).

MMcA suggests 'prow'.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1993

Informant 2: Mary MacArthur, Sandaig, 5/1994

Informant 3: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 11/1995