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English nameTorvaig
Gaelic nameTòrabhaig
MeaningThor's bay

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Portree
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA855
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG495446
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON þórir ~ personal name; ON vík ~ bay
Element typepersonwater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesON þór-vík: þórir, personal name + ON vík, fem. ‘bay’ = ‘Thórir’s bay’
Torvaig 1881 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Torvaig Thor’s Bay Forbes, 403
Tòrabhaig, Thorir’s bay or peat bay, from Norse Mac an Tàilleir
[ˈtʰɔ:rəˌvɪkʲ] local source, Sòdhaigh
Additional infoSee Cleasby & Vigfusson, 743 for examples of þórir as a prefix.
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