The derivation of the place name Halkirk is a Norse form of
ecclesiastical origin. It appears as Ha-kirkju in the Norse
sagas, takes the forms of Haukirc and Haukyrc in two Latin
documents of the thirteenth century, and is to the present day
pronounced Haekirc by Gaelic speakers. The last limb is
undoubtedly the Norse word for "kirk," and the first member is
almost certainly the feminine form Ha of a Norse adjective,
meaning "high." Hence Halkirk means "High Kirk," but why so
called remains uncertain. It is quite possible that Hoy, a
place-name in the immediate neighbourhood, also meaning
"high," gave its designation to the kirk, and that in the name
Halkirk Hoy lies concealed.
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