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Meaning & History
A small hamlet in North-East Scotland, now encompassed by the city of Aberdeen. There are several explanations as to the origin of the name of this small settlement:
The most likely explanation is that it is derived from the Gaelic phreaslach
, meaning 'shrub'. Early attestations of the name seem to support this.
Another is that it is from a Pictish cognate of the above origin (c.f Welsh phrysglwyn
, 'bush, thicket').
Persley, like several other locations in Scotland, could be of Old Norse origin. The name could be derived from prestr
, meaning 'priest' and leid
, meaning 'path'.