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Drumnameel, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Drum na Míol ‘ridge of the ants’

Background

The first element in this name is clearly droim ‘ridge’. The second element is probably míol, which has a wide range of interpretations of ‘creature’ such as beast, animal or insect, although especially the common louse (Dinneen). Míol is anglicised with a voiced [v] in Béal Átha Mhíl, Bellaveel in Co. Mayo (logainm.ie) and in Cloonaveel (Cluain an Mhíl ‘meadow of the beast’) in the parish of Cleenish. In the current name, míol ‘beast’ appears in the plural, Drum na Míol ‘ridge of the beasts’, interpreted as ‘ridge of the ants’ in the 1834 OSNB form.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drommemeale (Enniskeane)1659Census 1659 108
~Druim na Míol ""ridge of the pismires""1834OSNB Inf. B126
""the ridge of the ants""1875Joyce ii 291
Barony
Tirkennedy
Parish
Enniskillen
Parish in 1851
Enniskillen
Townland
None
Place name ID
19952
Place name type
T