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English nameRubha Hunish
Gaelic nameRubha Hùinis
Meaning?headland of the bear cub
Genitive formRubha Hùinis

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeHeadland ~ Rubha
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG407770
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON ?Húnn ~ young bear or personal name; nes ~ headland
Element typeanimalcoast

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Further Information

Language notes?ON Húna-nes, gen. sg. Húnn, 'young bear' or personal name + nom. sg. nes, neut. 'headland'
Row Hounish 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Ru Hunish 1776 Mackenzie: North part
Ruhunishe 1804 Heather
Hunish 1820 Thomson
Rudha Hùnais Dwelly 1912
Rubha Hùnais Sorley MacLean's 'An t-Eilean'
Hùinis Robertson Collection MS375 no. 26
Húnish, N húnn-ness, 'bear's ness' Henderson 1910, 189
Rubha Hùinis.'... the first Norse element may be from a personal name based on húna, "bear cub". Mac an Tàilleir (and in pers. comm.)
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