The classical Latin forms Hebudes or Hæbudes were used by the Roman writers Pliny the Elder, Pomponius Mela and Solinus.
In Ancient Greek the archipelago was called Αἱβοῦδαι = Haiboudai by Ptolemy.
The Norwegian control of both the Inner and Outer Hebrides would see almost constant warfare until being ultimately resolved by the partitioning of the Western Isles in 1156.
The Outer Hebrides would remain under the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles while the Inner Hebrides broke out under Somerled, the Norse-Gael kinsman of both Lulach and the Manx royal house.
The Scottish Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, is based on Skye and Islay.
In English, until the 18th Century, people used to call only a part of the Hebrides with the common name Western Isles (i.e. The Hebrides is an 18th Century rediscovery and misunderstanding of the classical Latin name Hebudes, where u was misread ri.
The earliest written mention of the Outer Hebrides was by Pomponius Mela, a Roman-Spanish geographer of the first century, who refers to a group of seven islands which he gave the name Haemodae.Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia of 77AD gives the name as Hebudes.Other ancient writers such as the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy, and Solinus (3rd Century AD) all seem to mention the Hebrides, attesting to some contact of the peoples there to the Roman world.The Hebrides (HEB-ri-deez, Gaelic: Innse Gall) comprise a widespread and diverse archipelago off the west coast of Scotland.There are two main groups, the Inner and Outer Hebrides.