Sunday, September 16, 2007

SCARIFF. Place and surnames: On Scairbh - Norse Roots, Migrations, Conquests

Tracking Place Names to Migrations and Conquests

On Scairbh, Scariff, Ireland

Track the immigrants of past eras by the place names - here announces the town of Scariff, and the Gaelic of it,

On Scairbh, western-central Ireland. The sound comes from the Old Norse root word for "cormorant," skarf, that unglamorous bird nesting on shales including at Orkney - northern Scotland also has its Skarfskerry. There are multiple derivatives through the centuries after Norse settling, as Scarf, Scharfe, Scharf, Scaif, Scaife, and the like - see earlier post on Kilkenny and Skarf roots at Ireland Road Ways, Kilkenny, Skarf roots, Old Norse.  Those who worked with the shale, metal smiths, blacksmiths, armor and sword makers, came to be known for the skarf root.  Update 2013 -- there are some 4-5 mountains in Norway known as Skarfjellet, for, I think, the bowl-shape worn into them.  The Skar, then the fjellet or mountain.  Skarfjell is also the name of oil companies working offshore.  Same roots? Speculation is entertaining, but you can't get DNA from a mountain.

Scariff.  This is a town located west-central, on a lake, and it serves also as a hub for hikers, and walkers. It is a regular working town - that also appreciates beauty.  There is an old stone bridge leading to it.

Scariff, Ireland, flower bridge

Begin tracing place names here, with Irish roots. See http//; and even

Scara or Scard: These names also show Norse roots, see Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea with Solway Firth on the other side, at Scotland's side. Site: Try topographical descriptions to find roots, such as a gap or pass, or bleak hill.

Then, on other travels, look for yourself.  Find Scharfe's Bakery in Roskilde, Denmark, at Roskilde: Brick Gothic, Incidentals. The spelling seems closer to the Germanic than the Icelandic - migrations and mixings all.  Visit Yad Vashem at its central database of the Shoah and also find names with that root, Scharf, Sharf, with Czech, Polish, German, Romanian and other places named --  It takes DNA to sort it all out, and all we know within memory and story is the Scotland, Ireland to Canada route for the name.  Names are anywhere. Viking traders went throughout the riverways and lakes of Europe, and the coast, see map at  A plethora of skarfs?