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English nameBernisdale
Gaelic nameBeàrnasdal
MeaningBjorn's valley

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Sniort
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA850
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG399506
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG Bjôrn ~ personal name; dalr ~ valley
Element typeperson

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesON Bjôrns-dalr : gen. sg of ON personal name Bjôrn, masc. + nom. sg. of ON dalr, masc. 'valley' = 'Bjôrn's valley'. The genitive form Bjôrns is a variant of the expected form Bjarnar.
Bernestal 1776 Mackenzie: North part
Bernestal 1804 Heather
Barnasdale 1820 Thomson
Bernisdale, Bernisdal Bjorn's dale or glen Forbes 1923, 76
Beàrnasdal, Bjorn's valley, from Norse Mac an Tàilleir 2003
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