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English namePortnahaven
Gaelic namePort na h-Abhainne
Meaningharbour at the foot of the river

Location and type of place name

LocationIslay, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891Kilchoman
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townISLE OF ISLAY
Postcode areaPA47
OS sheet number353
OS grid referenceNR168522
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningG port ~ harbour; abhainn ~ river
Element typetopographywater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesNow understood as: nom. sg. port, masc. 'harbour' + gen. sg. fem. art. na (with h- before vowels) + old gen. sg. of abhainn, fem. 'river' = 'the foot of the river'
Sources
Portnahaivne c. 1750 MacDougall’s map
Portnahawin 1801 Langlands
Portnahaven 1804 Heather
Portnahavan 1820 Thomson
Portnahaven 1849 Admiralty Chart 2515
Portnahaven 1882 OS
Port na h-Abhainne Lands of Lordship
Port na h-Abhainne Mac an Tàilleir
ann am Port na h-Abhainne Seanchas Ile, 72
Port na h-Abhann now generally Port na h-Abhainn(e) Cox 2008
Port na h-Abhainne (Port Ellen).
Additional infoCox in JSNS 2008, 55 and n23 makes a convincing case for the specific reflecting ON hafn-, 'harbour' originally, with reanalysis to the current form.
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