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English nameErbusaig
Gaelic nameEarbasaig
Meaning?Erp's Bay

Location and type of place name

LocationWester Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Lochalsh
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number428
OS grid referenceNG762298
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON Erp; vík ~ bay
Element typeperson

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesPerhaps a Pictish personal name Erc, borrowed into ON as Erp in gen. sg. + ON nom. sg. vík, fem. ‘bay’ = ‘Erp’s Bay’
Arbesak 1554 RMS iv no. 969
Erbisag 1681 RPS [1681/7/155]
Erbisaig 1820 Thomson
Erbusaig 1880 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Earbarsaig Watson 1904, 188
Earbarsaig "Erp’s bay", from Norse, though apparently Mac an Tàilleir
containing a Pictish personal name.
["Erbə­sEkʲ] local source, Sgianaidean
["Erəbə­sEkʲ] local source, Sòdhaigh
Additional infoSee Fraser 1994, 76 for discussion of this name and the derivation.
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