Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 89

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Possibly this is a Gaelic name from ScG ciste ‘chest, box, coffer; coffin; treasure’ (Dwelly), with the locational suffix -ag (Cox 2002b, 59). But this is more likely to be a Norse name in either ON kista (genitive kistu) ‘chest, a flat, square rock, as in the skerries de Kist’ (Jakobsen 1936, 134) or ON kista ‘pass, narrowing between two hills’ (Cox 2002b, 206), with vík ‘bay’.
There is a Kista in Dunrosness, a Kistrif on yell, Shetland (SP); Kistevik and Kistevika are common place-names in Norway (NG); Kiste is recorded twice as a farm name in OR; and Kista and Kistufell are farm names in Iceland (SAM).

There is a big, square rock there, that is how it got its name - GK

Other Forms: Ceidhe Chìsteig (a large, flat, natural rock at the inlet)- Gilleasbuig Kennedy, West Hynish, 11/2017

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 9/1995