Explorers, raiders and settlers: The Norse impact upon Hebridean place-names

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This article is a discussion about how the Norse during the Viking period related to the native peoples in the west of Scotland and how this relationship impinged on the Norse naming of their new land. It asserts that the earliest Norse contact phase resulted in the creation of certain island names through actual communication with the local population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Contacts in the North Atlantic Region
Subtitle of host publicationThe Evidence of Names
EditorsPeder Gammeltoft, Carole Hough, Doreen Waugh
Place of PublicationUppsala
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0-9551838-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2005


  • Vikings
  • Scotland
  • settlement
  • place names

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