There are lots of charming and/or peculiar place-names on the Isles of Scilly. How about Illiswilgig? This was recorded in 1584 as Inniswelsick, meaning “grassy island”. An even odder one is Izzicumpucca. Apparently this was originally Islonk an Bucca, meaning “the Bucca’s chasm”. A Bucca is a Cornish imp. A couple which always seem to me as if they ought to be somewhere in the Mediterranean are Minalto and Mincarlo. In both cases the first element is Cornish mên – “stone”. In the first name the second element is altow, meaning “cliffs, and in the second name it is carlyth, meaning “rayfish”.
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