Argyll - Argyle
'Argyll and Argyle are different spellings of essentially the same word. (It corresponds to the Scots Gaelic Oirer Ghaidheal, country of the Gael or erra Ghaidheal, coastland of the Gael; the Irish Gaelic form is Airer Goĺdel, country of the Gael. "Early settlers called the area Ar-gael 'the Eastern Gaels', according to Everett-Heath, 2005.
- The proper noun - a place in western Scotland, formerly a county, is Argyll. The aristocratic titles, 'Duke of' and 'Earl of', which imply territorial rights, are also always spelled Argyll nowadays.
- Both spellings are known amongst holders of the surname.
- It is best to reserve the spelling argyle for the pattern of colours applied to textiles, notably knitted garments like socks and pullovers. This is a pattern of large diamonds, usually of two colours, sometimes more. It is named after the tartan worn by clan Campbell.
- Many of the places named after Argyll, including many street names, are spelled Argyle. (This applies, for example, in Glasgow - whose citizens might have known better.) Good writers will always be careful with such details to follow the accepted usage in the area about which they are writing.