Fair Isle

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An analyses of the name Fair Isle. It is argued that the name is likely to be linked to more than 20 other similar names, mostly Færøy in Norway, and that the etymology is from Old Norse fara and ferd, 'travel, journey'. The motive behind the names is the importance of these islands for travel, and Fair Isle between Orkney and Shetland exceptionally so.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-40
Number of pages23
JournalNorthern Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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