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.
|Title of host publication||Traversing the Inner Seas|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contacts and Continuity in and around Scotland, the Hebrides, and the North of Ireland|
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Publisher||The Scottish Society for Northern Studies|
|Number of pages||29|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|