Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 107

Name Type: shore

Meaning: There are two main possible derivations:
• ON hlíð (plural hlíðar) 'slope, mountainside' (CV, 271), topographically appropriate on a rocky coastline below Beinn Haoidhnis, with projection of the initial C- from the preceding Leac. Hlíð is 'one of the most common words in Norse place-names' (NG); Li and Lia are very common names in Norway; Líð is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); and Hlíð is extremely common in Iceland (SAM)
• ON klif (plural klifar) 'cliff' or 'steep rocky ascent (especially with a path)' (Cox 2008, 54), with the syncopal loss of the medial /f/. This is also topographically plausible next to a striking Iron Age roundhouse with its winding approach on a pinnacle of rock (see Siadar). This, too, is a common name, as in Cliff, Lewis (Oftedal 2009, 31); Clyver on Rousay (Marwick 1995 (1947), 47); Cliff on Unst (SP); Kleiv occurs twelve times in Norway (NG); Kliv is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO); and Kleif or Kleifar occurs eleven times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM)

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Local Form: Liùc Cliar a' Mheadhain

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 9/1995