Drumlone, County Fermanagh
perhaps Ir. Droim Luain ‘ridge of the lamb’
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 ’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.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Drumloan||1659||Census 1659 101|
|~Druim Lughain/Luain ""Loan''s or Lamb''s ridge""||1834c||J O'D (OSNB) 52 B115|
|Drumlone (corn mill)||1835||OSM iv 17,20|
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