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English namePeterhead
Gaelic nameCeann Phàdraig
Meaninghead of Peter

Location and type of place name

Local authorityAberdeenshire ~ Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Aberdeenshire ~ Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Topographical feature type
Postcode areaAB42
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNK124456
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG ceann ~ head, end; Pàdraig ~ Peter
Element type

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Further Information

Language notes 
Inuerugy Petri 1274 Reg Epis Aberdon, ii, pp 52, 56
Pettirugy 1495 Book of Deer p xii [?]
Petyrheid 1544 Ill. Top. Antiq. Aberd., iv, p. 20
Peeterhead c. 1591 Pont text 82v
Peterhead know to one old woman as Enner-ugi Diack
Ceann Phàdraig Oran na Gasaid, poem by Duncan Ban MacIntyre
kyãun fa: drig N Dorian (Golspie fisherfolk informants)
Ceanna Phàdraig Saoghal Bana-mharaiche
Additional infoThere is a strong suspicion thatDuncan Ban MAcIntyre coined the term Ceann Phàdraig from the ScEng form Peterhead. Old forms show the name was probably once Inbhir Uigidh or the like. One would not expect head, here in the sense of promontory, to be translated as ceann
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