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English nameBanavie
Gaelic nameBanbhaidh
Meaning?pig place

Location and type of place name

LocationFort William, Lochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmallie
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Old geographical areaLochaber
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH33
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number392
OS grid referenceNN105768
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningpossibly banbh, a suckling pig; or Banbh a poetic term for Ireland
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notespossibly OG banbh, a suckling pig; or Banbh a poetic term for Ireland
Bainbhidh Watson in Dwelly
Banbhaidh Watson 1926, 232 & 442
Banbhaidh Dieckhoff's Dictionary
Ban(a)bhaidh Robertson MS363, 56
Banbhaidh Robertson MS405, 36
Additional infoMac an Tàilleir: The term banbh is used commemoratively in several places in Scotland.
The main issue with this name is the decision to insert an epenthetic medial [a] (representing a schwa) in the orthography. Since Banbhaidh without the [a] is established and an acceptable form, this has been chosen.
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