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Flotta Fleuks (flounders)
Hoy Hawks
Thought to be due to the number of hawks found in the island. An earlier name seems to have been Tammies or Tammy-Nories (puffins), and sometimes the Hoy folk were called Sowens.
Graemsay Limpets
Walls Lyars. (Dialect term for the shearwater bird)
"The people of Pomona call the inhabitants the 'Lyars of Wais' wrote Jo Ben.

At a later date the people of Walls were often called cockles.
Burray Oily Bogies.
A bogie was a bag made from a sheep's stomach which was used for holding fish oil or as buoys for fishing nets. This nickname may refer to the fatness, or greasiness, of the Burray folk.
South Ronaldsay - Grimness Gruties.
Two different origins have been suggested: (a) that the word comes from the Old Norse grautr, meaning porridge, and (b) that it has the meaning of "people who live on groot" which is dregs or refuse.
South Ronaldsay -
St Margaret's Hope
Possibly Arctic Skuas, Scooty Alans in Orcadian dialect, a bird with the defensive habit of throwing up on potential threats.
South Ronaldsay - Widewall Witches.
Perhaps related to witch traditions or later trials.
South Ronaldsay - Herston Hogs.
A yearling sheep.
South Ronaldsay - Sandwick Birkies.
This has often been taken to mean boasters, but local tradition has it that the people here were called birkies because they had a habit of eating what they called "birken" tangles, i.e. the stout or lower ends of the large thick tangles.
South Ronaldsay - South Parish Teeicks (The dialect term for the lapwing)
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