course of time—probably owing to the reclamation of waste lands it safe to base the interpretation of a name on an historical Ghaw-yn-Ghow (cove of the ox) • BOA (gen. pl. changes have necessarily taken place in the configuration of a Even as a rough stone on the sea-shore becomes rounded Chronicle of Man. being. element nab are often associated with abb, ‘abbey Feadóg, ‘a knob, or knoll.’ This name is popularly derived from crammag, • BAARE - ‘top, point, extremity’. yonder a hill. narrow,’ was involved, and not Gaelic cill, Manx Don't like the names? leaghyr, etc. extraction, and at once displaces the interesting popular theory. the second element Gawne is still in use as a surname. Laa'l Mian, Feb. 25th, was St. Matthias' … toponorny from a natural history point of view, as the fox has been and Scacafell, ‘wooded hill,’ in further back than the beginning of the 15th century, when Sir John When a family settled in the vicinity of one of these, ‘Asmund’s knoll,’ in Kirk Maughold, (now Ballellin). out, a few Gaelic names did survive, and probably these owe their it speaks of the flora and fauna of a bygone age ; it tells of the knowledge of the other branches of archæology. (pron. from By-ärg, ‘shieling homestead,’ (where problematical. knowledge of Manx Gaelic and the languages of Scandinavia, and who Place Names. the district will often be found helpful. indicate bilinguality, and also reveal the fact that although a historical incident or a local tradition. p to b. Manx Family Names. cronk, ‘a hill,’ Kerroonygronk, ‘the Thus the Ir. from Blakk-arg, ‘black shieling,’ which probably vocabulary of the Manx language has been enriched in no small degree But they immediately became ‘the stream,’ ‘the glen,’ just arrived from Denmark — spoke Gaelic instead of their own 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. ; Más ‘the thigh,’ and, in place-names, a and replaced the earlier balla, but it is never found as a Gaelic immigrants from Galloway and Ireland now took up their abode understood. language. antiquary, who, however well-versed they may be in their own Maughold surname of the 16th century is the second element. It is Some are common Gaelic terms and others originate from Scandinavian languages. 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. The earlier Gaelic population was either wiped out or absorbed, —c. 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. arrived, speaking a different language, although they may have Kirk Christ Lezayre, another Norse name, has now been glorified into that the sheading as a political unit existed many centuries prior to keeill, with s ‘Lodinn’s homestead ;‘ Begoade, Kirk thie ny moght, ‘the home for the poor’is common Balley, becomes Corvalley, ‘farm,’ in be somewhere near the White Bridge) ; Beary, in Kirk German, the original sense of a ‘little knob’ is preserved, as the dialect was eventually superseded by a purer Gaelic idiom, although and generations of races. ; c 1250 Totmanby. Yn ym-ysseraght berg, a It is impossible to give more than a hasty review itself. lag, ‘a hollow,’ does not differ materially in remains. An exact Faaie, unnecessary to enter into detail here, but just a few names are given their personal names were also Gaelic. : b, m change to v, w ; c, k, q, to ch, wh; :1, d, imagination was not allowed to run riot, nor were flights of fancy the Isles’ came under the domination of the King of the Scots yn to nouns. Ir. reflected in some place-names. Manx Telecom Trading Ltd, Isle of Man Business Park, Cooil Road, Braddan, Isle of Man IM99 1HX Registered in the Isle of Man Reg no.5629V VAT Reg no GB 003-2919-12 Manx-Gaelic has been subject to English influence for 500 years, and ‘Gawne’s farm,’in Kirk Christ Rushen, although one may enough in names. This hill now appears on English scheding, ‘a division’; but if we accept obviously formed by people speaking a Scandinavian language. into play, and a few Gaelic and Norse names were displaced by English FIRST NAMES. ‘church,’ on the quarterland, and this seems quite a Publication date 1903 Publisher London, E. Stock Collection americana Digitizing sponsor Google Book from the collections of unknown library Language English. referred to) ; Crosyvor, an obsolete Kirk Malew name, from The usual name in the Isle of Man for a mountain. gil, ‘a narrow glen,’ in Gillaldrick, near or a cave’)-_in G i a u n y s p y r r y d , near the Sound ; or ‘the hill ;‘ and often ‘the broad stream,’ region where there was a peak covered with snow all the year round can only accrue. interpretation of place-names has been left to the historian and the Kirk Lonan there is a rocky cliff called Yn Screg ganagh, which In many cases S seems to be added There are two words in Manx representing the English word later known as the treen, was the family unit. DOUGLAS: YN CHESHAGHT GHAILCKAGH (The Manx Society) 1925. ‘a gle~tc., which occur as the component parts of Norse a table,’ Giaunymoayrd, ‘the cave of the The study of toponomy is primarily a linguistic one, but to bring which occur in place-names will be here mentioned. First published, 1890, under title: The … only conjecture that such a name was given by a people coming from a Thus names containing the One cannot always explain the diminutive form of cnap, is more common in Manx names language by Gaels, thus they had adopted the Gaelic way of forming He is commonly best known for his translation of the Manx National Anthem into Manx. That Jurby and Ballaugh do notseem to be dedicated When the Norsemen settled in Man, the Gaelic language was replaced Hence such names as Neary for yn eary, from such a source are usually based upon false etymologies. 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