Clonmacfelimy, County Fermanagh
Ir. Cluain Mhic Fhéilim “(Mac)Phelim’s meadow”
Clonmacfelimy lies in the south-western corner of the parish, approximately midway between the townland of Aghalurcher Glebe and the banks of Upper Lough Erne.
The modern version of the place-name with final –y (which is documented only from 1817 onwards) suggests that the final element is Mac Féilimí (al. Mac Feidhlimidh) a surname which can be anglicised MacPhelimy, MacPhilemy etc. and is associated mainly with Co. Tyrone (MacLysaght 1985, 245). However, assuming that the final –e of form 1 is silent, the 17th-century spellings lack evidence of the modern final syllable and it is more likely that we are dealing with Mac Féilim, a shortened version of the same surname which can be anglicised (Mac)Phelim (ibid).
The personal name Féilimí (<Feidhlimidh) from which the surname is derived was very popular in the early period throughout Gaelic Ireland and among the prominent bearers was Saint Féilimí of Aghalurcher (see parish introduction). In the shortened form Feidhlim (>Féilim) the name remained popular in the later middle ages among several leading Irish families, including the Maguires of Fermanagh (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 95).
References(info. from McKay, P. (2004): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 8 p. 42)
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Clon mc Phelime||1657c||B113|
|Clun McFelem||1659c||Census 1659 107|
|Clone mc Phelim||1661||BSDc|
|Clonell (E of Hollybrooke r., M~S~)||1672c||Hib. Del. Fermanagh|
|Clonemc Phellim||1680||BSD (Ó Maolagáin) 529|
|Clonmacfelemy||1817||GJM M'stephana (OSNB) B113|
|Clenmacphelamy||1824||HC Sur.& Val.(OSNB) B113|
|Clanmacfellimy||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) B113|
|~Cluan Mac Fedhlimidh ""lawn of the son of Felim""||1834c||J O'D (OSNB) B113|
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