-hou is a suffix (part added to the end of a word) found in many Channel Islands and Norman names. It is the Norman language version of the Old Norse holmr, meaning a small island, and often found anglicised elsewhere as "holm". It can still be found in modern Scandinavian languages, e.g. Stockholm.
The Norman hommet/houmet also comes from this suffix.
In Parisian French, the equivalent is îlot, which is the same as the English "islet".
Bailiwick of Guernsey[change | edit source]
- Off Guernsey
- Off Alderney
- Off Herm
- Le Plat Houmet
- Off Sark
Bailiwick of Jersey[change | edit source]
- Les Écréhous
- Le Plat Hommeit
- Le Hommet du Ouaisné
- Les Hommets
- La Rocco (from rocque-hou)
- Icho (from ic-hou)
Normandy[change | edit source]
References[change | edit source]
- Noms de lieux de Normandie, René Lepelley, 1999 Paris ISBN 2-86253-247-9
- Jersey Place Names, Stevens, Arthur & Stevens, 1986 Jersey ISBN 0901897175