Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 34

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Dwelly gives 'stideag - drop formed by splashing water - eg drops off a revolving grindstone.'

The contradictory source forms makes this name difficult to reconstruct safely. It may be derived from ScG stideag ‘drop formed by splashing water – e.g. drops off a revolving grindstone’. Stideal, however, does not appear in Dwelly or MacBain. If this name is Norse it could be from ON stí ‘animal pen, sty’ (CV, 593), with ON dalr ‘field’, or deild ‘share’.
Stidalen is a common name in Norway (NG). Deild occurs twice as a simplex name, and four times as a specific, amongst Icelandic farm names (SAM).

Other Forms: AS gives Sloc na Stideag and translates the second element as a measure of water poured onto grain as it is ground, and could refer to the spray of water thrown up by the gully.

MMcA gives Sloc an Stideil and also translates the second element as 'spray.'

Related Places:

MMcA describes this feature as a 'narrow gully.'

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1993

Informant 2: Mary MacArthur, Sandaig, 5/1994