|Suggested Meaning:||sluggish stream’|
|1st element:||Scots peat|
|2nd element:||Scots sike, syke ‘sluggish stream’|
|Blaeu Coila (1654):||No Entry|
|OS Name Books (1855-57):||Palmsike Burn|
There is nothing in the shape of the sike (or burn) to suggest the palm of the hand.
A Sike or Syke is described as –
A small stream, rill or water-course, especially one that meanders through a hollow or across flat or boggy ground and is freqently dry in summerDictionary of the Scots Language 
the sheughs and the sykes
The place-name element burn has been appended.
The Palmsike Burn flows into the Beoch Lane as does Mitchell’s Syke and Otter Sike.
| Dictionaries of the Scots Language |syke, sike|
| The Laird of Logan, Or, Anecdotes and Tales Illustrative of the Wit and Humour of Scotland|
|Reproduced with the Permission of National Library of Scotland|
|Map 1: Ordnance Survey 6 inch (1892-1960) |Palmsike Burn|