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Author Topic: Does the name 'Shetland' actually mean anything?  (Read 3851 times)

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Does the name 'Shetland' actually mean anything?
« on: 17 March, 2009, 05:57:34 AM »
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As in The Shetland Isles....Shetland - Land of the Shets?

Old Norse word or something?

Wiki says "Shetland (spelled Zetland until 1970,[citation needed] from Ȝetland; Old Norse Hjaltland; Old Gaelic Innse C[h]ait; Scottish Gaelic: Sealtainn)" which leaves me none the wiser.

What does Shetland translate into now?

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Re: Does the name 'Shetland' actually mean anything?
« Reply #1 on: 17 March, 2009, 09:14:14 AM »
Wiki could be right, it makes sense. First I thought that "hjalt" had to be "hero", because that would be the most obvious, but I searched for it and a Swedish encyclopedia gives the explanation that it's the grip of a sword.


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Re: Does the name 'Shetland' actually mean anything?
« Reply #2 on: 17 March, 2009, 09:26:00 AM »
Hjalt would be preumably where we get our word Hilt from?

Online Etymological Dictionary gives this for 'hilt'...

Origin:
bef. 900; ME, OE hilt(e); c. MD hilt(e), ON hjalt, OHG helza handle of a sword.

Still seems a daft name for an island!
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Re: Does the name 'Shetland' actually mean anything?
« Reply #3 on: 17 March, 2009, 09:36:41 AM »
"in allusion to an imagined, though not too obvious, resemblance in the configuration of the archipelago to the hilt of a sword. "

http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Shetland