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-hou is a suffix found commonly in 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 toponym and diminutive hommet/houmet also derives from this element.

In Parisian French, the equivalent is îlot, which is cognate with the English "islet".

Bailiwick of Guernsey

Bailiwick of Jersey

Aerial view of Les Écréhous

  • Les Écréhousmarker
  • Le Plat Hommet
  • Le Hommet du Ouaisné
  • Les Hommets
  • La Rocco (from rocque-hou)
  • Icho (from ic-hou)



  • Noms de lieux de Normandie, René Lepelley, 1999 Paris ISBN 2-86253-247-9
  • Jersey Place Names, Stevens, Arthur & Stevens, 1986 Jersey ISBN 0901897175

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