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Formil, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Formaoil ‘bare-topped hill’

Background

According to Joyce (i, 395), the element mael is applied to hills and promontories, and combined with the preposition for is used to to signify a round hill. The form Formail, Formaoil ‘bare-topped hill’ appears in the anglicised form Formil in Cos Fermanagh and Tyrone, as well as Formoyle in the parish of Dunboe. Therefore, Formaoil is likely the origin of the current townland.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Formil. Glebe of Bovevagh exchanged""1814Sampson (Munn) 81
~Formaoil ""a round hill""1827J O'D (OSNB) 94 D4 no.2
Formil1835OSM xxv 60
~formael...""a round hill""1869Joyce i 397
~For-mael ""The bare round hill abutting on the pla1910?Onom. Goed. (Munn) 81, 429
~For-mael ""The bare round hill abutting on the pla1925Joyce (Munn) 81, J.1.397
Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Bovevagh
Parish in 1851
Bovevagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
2347
Place name type
T