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English nameBarrhead
Gaelic nameCnoc a' Bharra

Location and type of place name

Local authorityGlasgow City ~ Baile Ghlaschu
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode areaG78
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS502587
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes
SourcesThe first element Barr- is most likely Gaelic, possibly British. The second element is from Scots heid, ‘head’. Whilst ceann is the Gaelic word for a 'head' in speech, in place-names it usually represents the end point of a feature, such as a loch or moor. In Scots the word head in topography can represent both an end, but also represent the summit or upper part of a hill. This latter usage is most likely to be the case here, given the fact that bàrr in Gaelic is the name for a summit or top. In that sense the word is better translated as cnoc, 'hill'. In short, Cnoc a' Bharra makes a more natural Gaelic name than with ceann, in this circumstance.
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