Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,1 Ναβαρου (or Ναβαιου) river mouth
Where: Torrisdale Bay on the northern coast of Scotland around NC690624.
Name Origin: The early river name navis plus PIE
*ar- ‘to fit together’ because of the way that the rivers Naver and Borgie both discharge into the same bay, whose beach could have afforded an excellent landing place for Agricola’s sailors.
Notes: Watson (1926:47) suggested that the name Naver/Nabhar could be explained as due to fog banks, because of PIE *nebh- ‘cloud’, which had descendants in many language families: Sanskrit nabhas, Greek νεφέλη, Latin nebula, German Nebel, Welsh niwl, etc. Delamarre (2017) related it to navel, from the root that led to Greek ομφαλος and Latin umbilicus, perceived symbolically as the root of creation. However, it is more likely to have originally referred to topography, notably because of the similar situation at Naurum.
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