What's in a name? The historical significance of Norse naming strategies in Islay

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Abstract

Communities of Old Norse-speakers arriving in the Inner Hebrides during the Viking Age would have had two main choices when it came to naming their new environment. They could either adopt the names already in use by the native Celtic populations, or create new ones using their own language and naming traditions. Where they can be identified, comparative analysis of the adopted and new material offers a welcome opportunity to add narrative detail to an otherwise document-starved period of Hebridean history. This chapter will explore the specific evidence for Norse naming strategies in the Isle of Islay, and what this might reveal about Norse-native relations during the period of colonisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTraversing the Inner Seas
Subtitle of host publicationContacts and Continuity in and around Scotland, the Hebrides, and the North of Ireland
EditorsC. Cooijmans
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherThe Scottish Society for Northern Studies
Pages22-50
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)978152720580
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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