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Drumlone, County Fermanagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. Droim Luain ‘ridge of the lamb’

Background

The first element in this place-name is clearly droim ‘back’ which, in place-names, denotes ‘hill, ridge’ (Dinneen). The second element might be luan n ’haunch/rump/buttock/hip’, used figuratively (in the same way as lorgain ‘shin’, más ‘hip/thigh’ and droim ‘back’) to refer to a feature of the landscape in the form Droim Luan ‘ridge of the haunch-like hill’, which might then be disregarded as tautological.

We might also considerlubhán/luan which is attested in the sense of ‘a lamb; a fatted lamb or kid’ (Dinneen) and, in the earlier language,  ‘young of animals; foal; lamb’ (DIL sv. lubán). Occasionally animal names are used for standing stones, such as that in the middle of the townland, following which we propose the form Droim Luain ‘ridge of the lamb’, which is the most satisfactory explanation of the name.


References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drumloan1659Census 1659 101
~Druim Lughain/Luain ""Loan''s or Lamb''s ridge""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 52 B115
Drumlone (corn mill)1835OSM iv 17,20
Barony
Magherastephana
Parish
Aghavea
Parish in 1851
Aghavea
Townland
None
Place name ID
19508
Place name type
T