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English nameHynish
Gaelic nameHaoidhinis
Meaning

Location and type of place name

LocationTiree, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature type
Post townISLE OF TIREE
Postcode areaPA77
OS sheet number372
OS grid referenceNL986393
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaning
Element typecoasttopography

External Resources

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Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesPerhaps ON heiða-nis, ‘heath promontary’, see discussion.
Sources
Heanes 1654 Blaeu
Haynis 1674 Retours (Argyle) 82
Hynish 1804 Langlands
Heynish 1886 Admiralty Chart 1635
N. Heidh, bright + nes, point: MacDonald 1965, 23
Heidheanais? JM
Haoidhnis: Brownlie
Haoidhnis: tireeplacenames.org
Dun Hainis: : MacDougall & Cameron, 1938, 96
There are other settlements on Tiree with similar names, such as Heanish.
Additional infoON heð?r is bright, but in Cleasby-Vigfusson it is only cited in use once. The main root heið, is an abstract noun, ‘brightness’. There does exist, however heiðr, fem. ‘heath’: ON heiða-nis, ‘heath promontory’.
There is also Heanish on the other side of Hynish Bay. There is also Ben Hynish and west Hynish.
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