Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 4

Name Type: shore

Meaning: On the face of it, this could be a purely Gaelic construction with ScG cròg m. 'large, clumsy hand; palm' (Dwelly), possibly in a topographic sense. It is an unusual name, with only Maola na Croige in Mull and Allt Raon a Chroig in Lochbroom for company in Scotland (SP).
However, in view of the three Tiree place-names Cròg, Crògan and Crògan (see below) this is more likely to have been a simplex name in ON krókr (dative króki) 'hook, anything crooked ... a nook' (CV, 356-7; see Crookness, Sandnes 2010a, 182; Crook, Sandnes 2010a, 107; Mowat 1931, 4).
There is a Croig on the north coast of Mull (SP); a Staca na Cròige in Carloway, which Cox derives from cròg < ON krókr (Cox 2002, 374); a Croag Lee in Sandsting, and a Crog Holm in Delting, Shetland (SP); Krok occurs eight times in Norway (NG); Krókur occurs four times as a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO), and fourteen times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms:

Related Places: A' Chròig in Mull. See Alasdair Whyte 'Round and About' July 2022 page 32. Probably derived from Gaelic cròg 'hand, paw, claw' referring to the topography. In the dative case.


Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair MacDonald, Druimasadh, Balevullin, 3/1994