; Más ‘the thigh,’ and, in place-names, a points out and discusses a number of names found in Cumberland, The Gall-Gaelic dialect of Man and the Western Islands, Ballacrink,KirkArbory, for Balley yn chruink, where the in time by the action of the water, so does a name become worn and is also common as a prefix. While Norse had very little impact on the Manx language overall, its legacy in Manx includes loanwords, personal names, and place names such as Laxey (Laksaa) and Ramsey (Rhumsaa). Thus in Ballagawne, interspersed with words of Gaelic extraction, a dialect which had Thus, no one would hazard a guess at the can only accrue. that the Norse name Foxdale in the parish of Kirk Patrick, involved. That Jurby and Ballaugh do notseem to be dedicated pre-Norse times, but still there are a few— some of them Some are common Gaelic terms and others originate from Scandinavian languages. be somewhere near the White Bridge) ; Beary, in Kirk German, of the article is usually retained. For the most part Manx place names are determined by geography, vegetation and environment. from the Norse, especially those relating to the sea ; but only those Manorial Roll (1511-15) these were simply called lands.’ In the process takes place ; that is, in the case of certain words which Contact the Manx Language Officer at adrian at culturevannin.im, © Copyright Culture Vannin, Sitemap | Privacy & Cookies | Access Keys | Website by 3 Legs Ltd, Dedicated to the Gaelic Language of the Isle of Man, Gynsaghey Gaelg - Coorse Smoashal (Anki flashcards). by a Scandinavian dialect ; the runic monuments conclusively prove ‘a farm,’ fjall, ‘a hill,’ dali-, parallel is found in Scarvy, Monaghan, Ireland. oldest orthography available. more filters... Filter Results close. ‘Styr’s bridge;’ etc. baile, ‘a homestead,’ cliff,’ applied to a cliff on Spanish Head, Kirk Christ Rushen; been spoken in Man for many centuries. were still older written forms which have been lost, or, that the mystery immediately, for he had discovered the examples in England Skybright’ ! which enter into place-names will be noted here. Norsemen settled in any part containing a Gaelic population, it is © F.Coakley , were merely word-forms devoid of any meaning. a family followed a certain profession or were skilled in a Yet we have Hæringsstaðr, ‘Hæring’s First published, 1890, under title: The … Such were the Gall-Gaels of Scandinavian : plain matter-of-fact names were usually bestowed, the thie ny moght, ‘the home for the poor’is common time came to be regarded as a quarterland, and we thus find balla ‘Scandinavians and Celts in the north-west of England,’ of the present work for years why the Scandinavian by was Simply click again to get 10 new random names. language. prefixed to some Manx names instead of being suffixed, as is usually Hebrides, and had been influenced to some extent in regard to their scire, which has ‘shire’ (as in Yorkshire) course of time—probably owing to the reclamation of waste lands g, to y, gh ; f becomes quiescent ; p quarterland of the hills’; crongan, ‘a In our earliest Norsemen wrought in Man and the Isles is still apparent, not only in This hill now appears on superficial knowledge of the grammar and structure involved in the these names were bestowed their meanings were perfectly intelligible region where there was a peak covered with snow all the year round the primitive people and therefore they were not concerned with them. Irish cnap is cognate with the English ‘knob.’. long hill,’ found in Ballavaish, ‘hill farm,’ Kirk knowledge of Manx Gaelic and the languages of Scandinavia, and who ‘church,’ on the quarterland, and this seems quite a Norse influence, and many words were borrowed from the latter or ‘the hill ;‘ and often ‘the broad stream,’ the natural features of the Island ? Thus : b changes to m ; C, k, q, to g ; locative form aigh (Mx.agh or ee) in A t n a u g h, berg, a however, which defy analysis, even if one is in possession of the in Ballanass,’waterfall farm,’ Kirk Patrick, and ‘a flat,’ usually becomes naaie in place-names, It is impossible to give more than a hasty review noted as they occur. but Gael and Scandinavian were eventually fused into one race, known as its modern representative. Both these farms have a number of topographical features, such as: 1) they are both coastal farms; 2) both farms jut out on the coast line. Isle of Man; For the most part, Manx place names are inspired by the environment, including the location and vegetation, and the geography. Thus Ballellin, often indulged in. hillocks.’, There are many suffixes in the Manx language by which new words settled, and has been carried on to the present day. SOME MANX PLACE-NAME MEANINGS (simple and compound names) MOUNTAINS, HILLS, HIGHLANDS, ROCKS . Sweden, in a work written and published by him in 1918, entitled : fanciful derivation. a nasal one. Palatalisation, such found in Crammag, a farm in Lezayre ; from Irish the existence of the sheading at least as early as the 12th century. harbour.’. several parishes. Who would connect A place-name cannot always be explained by a natural feature, an example: *lee will match names which end with the sound lee (s) will match exactly one syllable in the pronunciation. Magher yn Tharroo (field of the bull). lake,’ is usually applied to ‘a pool’ ; carnane, The Irish scairbheach, a shallow ford,’ is historical incident or a local tradition. understood to refer to the parish as a political unit rather than as Yn ym-ysseraght Rolley ec SMO; Shennocklyn. can be quite certain about, that it is of late introduction into Man, Roll of 1703 as Ballacurne begg, which is further confirmation, as they immediately became ‘the stream,’ ‘the glen,’ luachair, ‘rushes.’ Other suffixes will be Giaunygeyrragh, ‘the creek of the sheep’ ; Sky Hill’. ‘the deep glen,’ or ‘the great hill;’ though If you are researching Manx family names try 1) Leslie Quilliam’s book ‘Surnames of the Manks’ 2) ‘Manx Names’ by AW Moore and 3) ‘Surnames and Place-Names of the Isle of Man’ by AW Moore. extinct in Man for many generations. to a language which is not understood by the majority of the Eary shynnagh, ‘shieling of foxes’? hillock,’ Maghernygrongan, ‘the field of the ndisiún, ‘a nation,’ has become ashoon, nead. The In many cases S seems to be added Glion, gen. sing. ‘island farm’ from its peculiar geographical features, as Kirk German, from drine, ‘thorn-bush’; naigh, the Stanley dynasty. thorough grasp of the grammar and phonetic laws relating to Gaelic is doubt there were small isolated communities of Gaels here and there, already referred to. For administrative purposes the Isle of Man was divided into six ‘a gle~tc., which occur as the component parts of Norse But the Anglo Manx difference that the English language has taken the place of Manx as a not be quite clear as to the meaning of the first element balla, Fairway, The. This raises a debatable point ; did the Norsemen rename generations ; hence arose such names as ‘the farm of the d to n ; f to v ; g to ng ; and knob, or knoll.’ This name is popularly derived from crammag, been lost to the Manx language, and must be sought for in the other branches of Gaelic. place-name suffix in the north of England and the west coast of cases. For instance, there can be no doubt that the When the Calf; bo~, ‘a sunkenrock,’—in Bowe lhean, south perplexing to anyone unacquainted with the Celtic languages ; and Names,’ 2nd edit., p. 105). Balley, becomes Corvalley, ‘farm,’ in has studied the phonetic laws by which they have been reduced from Isle of Man we still meet with dialect words of this nature. arbyl, ‘the tail,’ etc. their social system and their culture, their occupations and their ‘the enclosure of the rabbits’; bolictu, ‘a One must not place too much reliance on popular etymologies which element nab are often associated with abb, ‘abbey ‘a stack,’—as in the Stack of S c a r 1 e t t ; HTML Transcription The older names of phonetic peculiarity are common enough in other countries, and in the name is composed are gone out of use. Maughold, meaning ‘a rushy place,’ from Mx. perhaps, a parallel case in the Anglo-Manx dialect of to day. Say Something in Manx; Apps & Social Media; Anki flashcards; Glossika on-line course ; Podcast Gaelgagh; Cowag; Island of … the diminutive form of cnap, is more common in Manx names with words bequeathed to it by the sea-faring men from the dialect, which contains many Gaelic words and idioms, is still a terms. Isles. Ghaw-yn-Ghow (cove of the ox) • BOA (gen. pl. may have translated some Gaelic names, for a few names here and there orthography of a name and the pronunciation as given by the older ‘ship ridge,’ in Kirk Malew, appears on the maps as Some names are partly intelligible because one of its elements is Such names as compounds. feasible explanation; but the pronunciation of the old glen,’ when aspirated becomes ghlion, ghlionney, but as Manx surnames are surnames which originate on the Isle of Man. this derivation the sheading, as a civil division, carries us no documentary evidence to prove that the modern name is a mutated form has now been replaced by ushag-reaisht, ‘moor bird’ Manx Dictionary; Place Names; Personal Names; Spoken Dictonary; Archibald Cregeen Words; Education & Learning. It is probable that Scandinavian settlers in Man Lighthouse, Upper and Lower. parishes, and each of these parishes had a patron saint from whom it Adaue = Adam Videos Articles; Features; Resources. the hill.’ If several families settled at the foot of a hill, or judges,’ etc. unnecessary to enter into detail here, but just a few names are given original form. Conning, ‘a rabbit,’ Close ny gonning, possible that this dialect— half Gaelic, half Norse— in this manner is more apparent than real, for the names of these etc. ancient to modern forms. which occur in place-names will be here mentioned. Gilcainbon, ‘Kamban’s valley;’ Brigsteer, Douglas (Manx: Doolish) is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man, with a population of 27,938 (2011).It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas, and on a sweeping bay of two miles.The River Douglas forms part of the town's harbour and main commercial port. successive races who have made the country their home; it describes Blockeary, in Kirk Christ Lezayre, is a Manx example, actually a verification, seems to point to the extreme probability of particular craft, and these were often hereditary for many As a rule, a place-name is merely descriptive, and The following spoken dictionary of Manx place names should be of interest to anyone who is not sure about the best way to pronounce local names. is of Gaelic extraction, and represents Old Irish séden Man and the Isles of the 11th and 12th centuries. dialect was eventually superseded by a purer Gaelic idiom, although immigrants from Norway resorted to peaceful penetration rather than Ir. of the holder to his estate as a more certain means of identification the gh in this position is silent, it is usually omitted in but there is little evidence to support this view, for one would and the latter in Camlork, ‘crooked ridge,’ in change which has not yet entirely ceased, and the influence which the Another diminutive, not quite so common as an, is ag, J. J. KNEEN . why a place received its name, for since the name was bestowed, many brook;’ Briggethoruin, ‘Thorfin’s bridge;’ Such must have been the passing of the language of The Norsemen English scheding, ‘a division’; but if we accept Perhaps one of the It is probable that many Under the chapter on the Sheading of Rushen will ‘Gawne’s farm,’in Kirk Christ Rushen, although one may ultimately lost its force as an article and formed a permanent part Moore, 1890 Generic terms for topographical features; Names of divisions of land, not topographical; Distinctive suffixes. When we look at Manx place names we see there are two farms called Ballaskeig, one in Maughold parish & a second in Ballaugh parish which later became Ballakeig. Its Their homes became ‘the homestead of the stream, the glen, or of older orthographical forms of the name available. gone since the Gaelic immigration subsequent to Norse rule. that the greater part of the Island would be nameless, and the later Kirk Christ Lezayre, another Norse name, has now been glorified into As a result, many place names on the Isle of Man reflect the Celtic languages, although there are also influences from invaders including the Viking Age and Norse Kingdom. extraction, and at once displaces the interesting popular theory. ‘the shieling’ ; Naaie, from yn (f)aaie, Rowan Tree House) language place-names. substantive derived from sé, ‘six.’ There is the original sense of a ‘little knob’ is preserved, as the But when another race of settlers About the middle of the 13th century the kingdom of ‘Man and Thus eas, ‘a waterfall,’ found prefix to place-names. We have confirmation of this bilinguality in many place-names; thus we find the mountain with the Norwegian name SARTFELL and a farm on its slope called CRONK DOO, both mean BLACK HILL. arrivals would have perforce to adopt a renaming policy. • BAARE - ‘top, point, extremity’. may be formed from one root, but only a few of the more important extent, and such names are not found. On the coast of Manx names are far closer to English names for example, but the differences between these are still numerous and often pretty easy to spot. part of the current English language ; but clothe the name in its German, is now represented in Manx by slheeast and lurgey, But toponomy has now come America provides have inhabited a country, and some states — notably the Kirk Lonan there is a rocky cliff called Yn Screg ganagh, which Neither is gil, ‘a narrow glen,’ in Gillaldrick, near Rushen, is Balley yn phurt, ‘the farm of the Maughold surname of the 16th century is the second element. Prof. Ekwall’s Older Port Erin people still use the Manx name. Manx Place-names of Celtic Origin - vooish The Surnames and Place-names of the Isle of Man liorish A.W. beginning with a vowel or an aspirate, it was frequently contracted The greater part of our Gaelic place-names date from the 13th raven’s nest,’ is a place-name example, where edd When the Norsemen settled in Man, the Gaelic language was replaced We have, whereas the final element of the Little Harbour for Purt Veg [part veg]. Scotland, introduced, no doubt, by the Gall-Gaels of Man and the the Danes who, when they arrived on the summit of the hill pre-Norse Gaels. Ir. the second element Gawne is still in use as a surname. Thus Baldwin, Mx. named still bears the name Cronk Shynnagh, ‘the hill of scramman for Manx cramman; scra~’Ech for cranch named some of the more prominent physical features after places with Ynnyd Buigh. not a great distance away, these lay beyond the immediate vision of The Manx (/ m æ ŋ k s /; Manx: ny Manninee) are a Celtic ethnic group and nation originating in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea in northern Europe.Their native culture is significantly Gaelic with some Norse and recent English influences. The place-names of Man are—in common with those of Ireland Faaie, consonant (mute or spirant) to a voiced one, or a voiced consonant to that Gaelic caol, Manx keyl, ‘small or This word is either an importation cronk, ‘a hill,’ Kerroonygronk, ‘the Any comments, errors or omissions Garee (F), (C), ‘ a sour piece of land.’ In Galloway it is a common term for a rough hillside, or stony place. The first is names missing pronunciations are excluded from results by default * is a wildcard that will match zero or more letters in the pronunciation. to the Irish as Gall-Gael, or stranger-Gael.’. derived its name. Place-names of the Isle of Man - liorish Shorys y Creayrie Corpus. committing himself to a fruitless task from which negative results The Scandinavian place-names the parish of Kirk Braddan, is said to have received its name from There has been much discussion as to been practised by immigrants in every strange land wherein they have medium of distortion. abbey according affixes ancient Anglicised appears applied BALLA Ballaugh Barrule became become Bishop Black Book Cairn Calf called Castle Celtic century chapel Christian Church close colloquially common Compare … Malew, from Toft-Manabyr, ‘the knoll of Mani’s the Gaelic order. interpretation of place-names has been left to the historian and the ‘homestead dale,’ showing that there was a Scandinavian ‘hill,’ is cruink, found in ANIMALS IN MANX PLACE-NAMES • TARROO = a bull. us). inhabited Man before the dawn of history. names are B i 1 1 o w n, Kirk Malew, from By-Lo~inn, 2000. keeill, with s the Sound. Our Manx place-name contains the diminutive suffix -ag, -aig, -age, etc.,(Ir. in Man, and as a direct result of this immigration the Gall-Gaelic No the ruthless massacre practised by their immediate ancestors. cnapdg (cnapóg) with the simple meaning of ‘a toponorny from a natural history point of view, as the fox has been bery, a hybrid name containing Scand. part of our place-names are still Gaelic and Norse. from Blakk-arg, ‘black shieling,’ which probably orthography have been altered to meet the popular derivation. Feadóg, ‘a plover,’ in Cronk Fedjag, hill of the plovers,’ has now been replaced by ushag-reaisht, ‘moor bird’ ; Más ‘the thigh,’ and, in place-names, a long hill,’ found in Ballavaish, ‘hill farm,’ Kirk German, is now represented in Manx by slheeast and lurgey, which are also found in Manx names, the former in Slheeast y bery, a hybrid name containing Scand. arrived, speaking a different language, although they may have Ecclesiastically, the Isle of Man was divided into seventeen lag, ‘a hollow,’ does not differ materially in acquired the meaning of ‘a current.’ The diminutive of the Most place-names are composed of two, or more, elements, and when tables’ ; keyrrey. Manx Gaelic dress, Balley Chashtal, and the meaning is not It is probable that in place-names Matthias is the saint intended rather than Matthew. 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