Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 108

Name Type: shore

Meaning: ScG cliar ‘brave man, poet’ (Dwelly) is found three times as a specific on SP, in phrase names such as ScG Druim nan Cliar ‘the ridge of the brave men’ in Tongue. It is not found as a generic. The Scots loan word clear is not found as part of a Gaelic name in Scotland (SP).
However, this is more likely to be a Norse name from 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 topographically plausible next to a striking Iron Age roundhouse with its winding approach on a pinnacle of rock (see Siadar). This is a common name, as in Cliff, Lewis (Oftedal 2009, 31); Cliff on Unst (SP); Kleiv twelve times in Norway (NG); and Kleif or Kleifar eleven times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

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Local Form: Liùc Cliar a-Staigh

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 9/1995