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Baiscín
genitive: Bhaiscín
validated name
(Irish)
Baskin
(English)
Explanatory note
  • Gaeilge

    Tá an logainm Baiscín i mBaile Átha Cliath fianaithe go maith, ach níl a bhrí soiléir. Seans beag gur leagan díspeagtha de baisc “heap” é, agus é ag tagairt don chnoc /ard atá sa bhaile fearainn sin (cf. Baskin Hill [House] ar an léirscáil OS 6’’). Is díol spéise é go bhfuil Baskin eile ann ina bhfuil cnoc suite i Co. na hIarmhí, gidh go bhfuil an taighde le déanamh fós ar ainmneacha na mbailte fearainn sa chontae sin, agus dá bharr ní féidir a bheith cinnte gurb ionann an dá logainm sa Ghaeilge. Ach níl an focal baisc fianaithe go maith sa Ghaeilge leis an bhrí seo ‘cnoc’ i gcás an tírdhreacha, agus dá bharr tá an míniú seo amhrasach. Tá focal ann .i. baiscneach “thorny, tree-like” (foclóir Uí Dhuinnín), fosta, agus b’fhéidir go bhfuil gaol ann idir é sin agus Báiscín, ach ní féidir a bheith cinnte faoi.

  • English

    The place-name Baskin/Baiscín in Dublin is well attested in English sources, but the underlying meaning remains unclear. It could possibly be a diminutive form of baisc “heap”, in reference to the small hill in this townland (cf. Baskin Hill [House] as depicted on the OS 6ʺ map). In this regard, it is quite interesting to note that a hill is also situated in the likewise-named Baskin in County Westmeath. However, research has not been completed on the townlands of that county and the underlying Irish form of Baskin in Westmeath therefore remains uncertain at this juncture. Moreover, the word baisc “heap” is not clearly attested in other toponyms which further renders the suggested explanation of Baiscín problematic. Given this situation, it is worth comparing the word baiscín with baiscneach “thorny, tree-like” (see Irish-English Dictionary, P. Dinneen), but there is no clear relationship between the two.

Irish Grid

O 19506 43047

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