18. THE SANSKRIT CONNECTION TO THE NAME ‘NAVER’ (SUTHERLAND) NORTHERN SCOTLAND

Referring to the mists in the Naver Region, in Sutherland, Northern Scotland, W J Watson in his classic ‘The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland’, explained the etymology of the name ‘Naver’ . Naver was known as ‘Nabar’ in Roman times. It was known as Nabhair in Gaelic, and was named for the fogs rising from the river.

Professor W.J. Watson saw the origins of the name ‘Naver’ from Sanskrit ‘Nilab’ (नीलभ) meaning ‘cloud’ and also from ‘Nabhas’ (नभस्) and ‘Nihar’ (नीहार) both meaning ‘mist’.

W.J. Watson (1865-1948) was one of the greatest Scottish scholars. He was also a toponymist. Toponymy is the study of place names, their origins and meaning.

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