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English nameEabost
Gaelic nameEidheabost
Meaningisthmus farm

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Bracadale
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townISLE OF SKYE
Postcode areaIV56
Relevant main roadsA863
OS sheet number407, 410
OS grid referenceNG320391
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningON eið ~ isthmus; ON bólstaðr ~ farm
Element typeagriculturetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesPerhaps ON eiða-bólstaðr: gen. sg. ON eið, neut. ‘isthmus’ + ON bólstaðr, masc. ‘farm’.
Sources
Eabost 1820 Thomson
Eabost, Ebost, Ebozt, Eidh, isthmus Forbes, 178
Ebost -isthmus farm, from Norse eið isthmus and bòst, farm Mac an Tàilleir
[,εə'bost] local source, Sgianaidean
(?)['εː-ə,bɔst] Cox
Additional infoGammeltoft, 113 repeats Forbes’ assertion but states that this is diffcult to ascertain. The dh- has been used here as opposed to -th- to more closely reflect the original ON word. Cleasby & Vigfusson show both eiðs- and eiða- as the genitive first element in place-names.
Applied to: Eabost West ~ Eidheabost an Iar; Eabost East ~ Eidheabost an Ear
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