Eigersund is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. Egersund landdisstrikt (rural district) was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Augne was separated from Eigersund in 1839. Helleland and the town of Egersund were merged with Eigersund on 1 January 1965.
Eigersund extends from the North Sea coast to the border of Vest-Agder. It borders Hå in the north, Sokndal in the south. The municipality is centered on the town Egersund, and includes the island Eigerøya. The landscape includes a lot of rivers and seas, as well as woods. The town itself is mostly industrial. The lakes Eiavatnet and Teksevatnet lie in the municipality.
The Old Norse
form of the name was Eikundarsund
. The first element is the genitive case
of the name of the island Eikund
) and the last element is sund
which means "strait
" or "sound
". The first element in the name of the island is eik
which means "oak
" and the last element is the suffix -und
which means "plentyful of" (i.e. "the island covered with oak trees").
The form without the diphthong [ei] (Egersund) is the Danish language form of the name which is still preserved in the name of the town Egersund.
are relatively modern. They were granted on 20 October 1972. The arms are partly a canting
since the name is supposedly derived from Eikundarsund
means oak. Oaks are also very common in the municipality. The arms show a yellow oak leaf on a green background.
The place is mentioned in Snorri Sturluson
's writings. Later, Christian IV
set up a battery there.