Manx Place Names

by 17th, May 2022, 05:33pm

Isle of Man - Manx Place Names


For the most part Manx place names are determined by geography, vegetation and environment. Some are common Gaelic terms and others originate from Scandinavian languages.



Common Gaelic Terms Found in Local Place Names
Gaelic English
Ard high point
Balley farm, stead, place
Bwoaillee fold/field
Broogh bank
Carrick rock (sea)
Croit croft
Cronk hill
Faaie homefield / flat
Gob point, small headland
Garee sourland
Keeill church
Kerroo quarterland
Lheeanee meadow
Lhiargagh/Lhiargee slope
Magher field
Slieau mountain
Thie house
Traie shore




Scandinavian elements Found in Local Place Names
Scandinavian English
Aa river
Ayre gravel bank
By farm, settlement
Clett rock, cliff
Fell mountain
Howe headland
Ness protruberance
Wick cove, bay





Towns, Villages and Settlements
Manx English
Balley Chashtal Castletown
Doolish Douglas
Purt ny h-Inshey Peel
Rhumsaa Ramsey
Laksaa Laxey
Purt le Moirrey Port St Mary
Purt Chiarn Port Erin
Andreas Andreas
Balley Beg Ballabeg
Balley Sallagh Ballasalla
Balley ny Loughey Ballaugh
Bayr Garroo Barregarrow
Braaid Braaid
Bride Bride
Colby Colby
Creneash Cregneash
Balley ny Croshey Crosby
Delbee Dalby
Camys y Ree Derbyhaven
Forsdal Foxdale
Glion Muigh Glen Maye
Glion Vian Glen Vine
Balley Noa Newtown
Yn Arbyl Niarbyl
Kione Droghad Onchan
Purt Soderick Port Soderick
Eairy Shynnagh Ronague
Balley Keeil Eoin St John's
Strang Strang
Sulby Sulby
Myllin Doo Aah Union Mills




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