|Gaelic name||Tom a' Charraich|
Location and type of place name
|Local authority||Highland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd|
|Parish post 1891||Kilmallie|
|County post 1891||Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis|
|Topographical feature type||Settlement ~ Tuineachadh|
|Post town||FORT WILLIAM|
|Postcode area||PH33 |
|Relevant main roads||A82 |
|OS sheet number||392|
|OS grid reference||NN145785|
|Type of name||Place ~ Àite|
|Element meaning||G tom ~ hillock; Carrach ~ personal name|
|Language notes||G nom. sg. tom, masc. 'hill' + gen. sg. def. art a’ (leniting and slenderising) + gen. sg. Carrach
|Additional info||This name appears in writing sometimes with a single [r] and sometimes two. Neither carach or carrach is a noun, although carrach means ‘rocky, stony’ and carach means, ‘winding, meandering’. Carraig or carragh, both meaning, ‘rock, cliff’, are possible.
TM posited that the specific element could be the surname or nickname Carrach, perhaps of Alasdair Carrach of the MacDonalds who fought the first battle of Inverlochy in 1431. Whether this area is named after him or not, only the derivation proposed above is phonologically suitable.