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English nameTomacharich
Gaelic nameTom a' Charraich
MeaningCarrach's hillock

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmallie
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH33
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number392
OS grid referenceNN145785
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG tom ~ hillock; Carrach ~ personal name
Element typepersontopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. tom, masc. 'hill' + gen. sg. def. art a’ (leniting and slenderising) + gen. sg. Carrach
Tomnacharich 1636-52 Gordon 37
Tomacharrick 1820 Thomson
Tomacharich 1874 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Tom a’ Charraich 1973 MacKinnon
Tom a’ Charraich TM
Additional infoThis 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.
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