DEFINITIONS OF SOME SCOTTISH GAELIC TERMS: The Gaelic terms are italicized:
Alasdair – Alexander.
Aonghas – Angus.
Baile – Town.
Chiainn Domhnaill – Clan Donald.
Clann Ùisdein – Children of Hugh.
Dubh – Black.
Dhòmhnaill – Donald. Pronounced “Donnell.”
Dunscaith – Fort of Sgaithaich.
Eoin – John.
Gallaibh – Caithness (name of a place in Scotland).
Gilleasbaig – Archibald.
Gorm – Bluish-green.
Hearach – Harris.
Mhic – Mac. Son of. May also be Mc, Ma or M’.
Mhic Dhòmhnaill – Macdonald. Pronounced ‘ic donnell.
Mac Ùisdein – Son of Hugh.
Raghnall – Reginald.
Ŕi Innse Gall – King of the Isles.
Shenachie – Story teller or historian.
Somhairle – Somerled.
Ùisdean – Hugh. Pronounced “Oosdn” or “Ooshdn”. The pronunciation was meant to sound like the ocean waves hitting the shoreline.
Ùisdein – Patronymic from the personal name of Hugh. Patronyms are components of a personal name based on one’s father. Used as a means of conveying lineage. Patronyms predate the use of last names. Example: MacÙisdein. The historical Society for Clan Donald use MacÙisdean not MacÙisdein.
Ùis – Translates as spirit, breath or life as in Ùis gebreatha or usquebaugh which means “water of life” and is the Gaelic name for……..Whiskey.
Uist – West.
Bi h-eibhneas gan Chiainn Domhnaill – IT IS NO JOY WITHOUT CLAN DONALD.