Need help from anyone familiar with Isle of Man or Manx language

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I need to know if two words found in the will of John Oats from Isle of Man dated 8 August 1727 are surnames or titles. One person named in the will is "James Christian Begoad" and the other is "Thomas Christian Kilvertyer." A witness to the will is Thomas Christian. This seems to indicate "Kilvertyer" may be a title or location. I have also found "Begoad" used in a few cases with other Christian births or deaths. Could this also be a title or location?

in Genealogy Help by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (486k points)
I don't really know, but my guess is that they are nicknames to distinguish them from the multitude of other James & Thomas Christians. Don't seem to be place names, at least, not ones that have survived. If a nickname, it is likely an English transcription of a Gaelic word - might need a Gaelic-speaker to squint hard at it to figure out what it is likely to be.

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Could be names of the parish or village etc. that they are associated with.

Reading up on the Isle of Man has some interesting information about the small villages and the use of language
by Lori Cook G2G6 Mach 2 (27.6k points)

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