Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba – Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland – Database

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English name Glenfinnan
Gaelic name Gleann Fhionnainn
Meaning white glen
Location Lochaber, Highland
Local authority Highland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891 Arisaig & Moidart
County post 1891 Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature type Settlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode area PH37
Relevant main roads A830
OS sheet number 398
OS grid reference NM895805
Type of name Place ~ Àite
Element meaning G gleann ~ glen; fionn ~ white
Element type colourtopography
OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Language notes G nom. sg. gleann, masc. ‘glen’ + Fionnainn element connected to fionn, ‘white’
Gleninen 1750 Dorret
Gleann Fhionghuin, ‘Fingon’s Glen’ – Dwelly 1912
Gleann Fhionnainn OS current name
Gleann Fhionguin MacKinnon
Gleann Fhionnainn current road signage.
Additional info The precise meaning of fionnann is not entirely certain, but relates in some way to fionn ~ white. It probably represents neither a personal name nor Fionn Abhainn, ‘white river’, since this does make phonological sense. Whatever the derivation, the proposed orthography reflect the current pronunciation.