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English nameFanks
Gaelic nameNa Fangan
Meaningthe sheepfolds

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Duirinish
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA850
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG353544
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG fang ~ sheepfold
Element typeagriculture

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG fem. nom. pl. def. art. na + nom. pl. of fang, fem. ‘sheepfold’ = ‘the sheepfolds’
Fangan, Na: the fanks or sheep pens Forbes, 188
Na Fangan local source, Sgianaidean
Additional infoThis form is a translation from Sc. fank, ‘sheepfold’, a loan word from G fang. Na Fangan at NG216483 has a similar topology. The Sgianaidean source said that this name related to lazybeds, i.e. feannagan, and had nothing to do with sheepfolds.
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