Township: Vaul

Map Reference: Vaul 52

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: This is likely to derive from the male ON personal name H?gni (genitive H?gna). The generic is more likely to be ON staðir ‘farm’ (Akselberg, in Gammeltoft et al. 2005, 10) than ON setr ‘peripheral farm’. Staðir is the second commonest Norse generic on Islay (> Ellister; see Macniven 2006, 188, and 2015, 74). In addition, ‘staðir is usually preceded by a personal name’ (Oftedal 2009, 34). Setr is much commoner in the Northern than the Western Isles. The distinction might appear academic, but staðir farms tend to be earlier, more central and more substantial.
There is a Honival on North Uist (SP); there is a Hønefoss in Ringerike, a Hønnesmyra in Drangedal, and a Hognestad and a Hognfjorden in Solund, Norway (NG); Högnastaðir occurs four times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

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Related Places:

West of his house where he has a tin shed. There are lazy beds there - TMcK.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

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

Informant 2: Tommy MacKinnon, Vaul, 4/1996 and 6/2011