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 2002, 59). However, this is more likely to be a Norse name in vík ‘bay’, with either ON kista (genitive kistu) 'chest, a flat, square rock, as in the skerries de Kist' (Jakobsen 1936, 134; CV, 339), or ON kista 'pass, narrowing between two hills' (Cox 2002, 206): Kistuvík.
There is a Kista in Dunrosness, a Kistrif on Yell, Shetland (SP); Kistevik(a) occurs seven times in Norway (NG); Kistuvík is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); 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 Chisteig (a large, flat, natural rock at the inlet)- Gilleasbuig Kennedy, West Hynish, 11/2017

Related Places:

Information:An easy fishing rock, suitable for older people, Donald Archie Brown, Balephuil, 5/2020

A large, flat rock on the beach - GK

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 9/1995

Informant 2: Gilleasbuig Kennedy, West Hynish, 6/2020