Township: Vaul

Map Reference: Vaul 29

Name Type: sea

Meaning: This could be a simplex Norse name. There is a Creya on Orkney, for which Sandnes suggests the derivation of ON kraki 'pole; anchor' (CV, 354; Sandnes 2010a, 106), also possibly the derivation of Krakhella in Norway (NS). There is a Craga on Yell (SP); Krakk occurs once and Krakken seven times in Norway (NG); and Krákan occurs four times in the Faroe Islands (KO). There is a Roc a' Phole off Hynish, where Alan Stevenson placed a marker off the pier during the construction of Skerryvore Lighthouse in the mid-nineteenth century, and a Sgeir a Phòla ('pronounced as in 'pole'') off Raasay (MacKay 2013, 27). The technology to fix markers to solid rock did not exist in the Early Medieval period, but Norse sailors would have needed the same system of markers to approach some of the smaller inlets around the Tiree shoreline.
If this is a compound name, the generic may be ON eið 'isthmus, neck of land' (CV, 117), which > -a in the Northern Isles, as in Skálp-eið > Scapa Flow in Orkney (Márkus 2012, 446). In this case, Krákeið would have been the Norse name for Mithealum headland; Krakkavellir is a farm name in Iceland (SAM). The name may also be a Gaelic loan word from the Scots 'crag'.

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Information:This used to have a flag on to guide puffers on to the beach safely. In fact, if you knew the beach, you could line up the chimneys of Taigh Flòraidh and Taigh Bean Eòghainn and come in that way - LMcL.

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Languages : Gaelic, English

Informants: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 4/1996