Norse Women in Uist Place-names: An Onomastic Perspective

Evemalm-Graham, S. (2023) Norse Women in Uist Place-names: An Onomastic Perspective. In: 27th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS 2021), Krakow, Poland, 22-27 Aug 2021, pp. 141-155. ISBN 9788323353058

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There is a large body of research which deals with the place names coined by the Norse in Scotland during the Scandinavian period of settlement. But how were the Norse, especially Norse women, remembered and imagined by subsequent users of these names? This paper presents a selection of place names that reflect associations with Norse women after the period of Scandinavian settlement in the Hebrides of Scotland and explores how these names were understood by later Gaelic-speakers. The paper presents case studies of two place names: Tobha Mòr/Howmore in South Uist and Uineabhal in North Uist. These place names, and the narratives associated with them, are examined in their onomastic and cultural context.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:Published in Onomastics in Interaction With Other Branches of Science. Volume 1. Keynote Lectures. Toponomastics: Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Evemalm Graham, Dr Sofia
Authors: Evemalm-Graham, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
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