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Drumbulcan, County Fermanagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. Droim Bolgáin ‘ridge of the middle point’ or Ir. Droim Bolgáin ‘Bolgán’s ridge’

Background

denotes ‘hill, ridge’ (Dinneen). The second element in this name might also appear in a metaphorical sense. The element bolgán is a diminutive of bolg ‘belly’ which means ‘the midriff’ but can also be interpreted as ‘the inner point’ or ‘the centre’ (Dinneen). See also the townlands of Bulcaun derived from Bolcán in Cos Mayo and Galway.

We should also not rule out the possibility that the qualifying element here comes from a name. Bolgán is attested as a personal name (CGSH) and may well appear in a form such as Droim Bolgáin ‘Bolgán’s ridge’

There is another Drumbulcan in the parish of Derryvullan, and a Drumbulgan in Co. Tyrone.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drumbulkan1659Census 1659 115
(?)Drumbulchan1747Reg. Free. Fer. 22
(?)Little Drumbulchan1747Reg. Free. Fer. 22
(?)Drumbulcan1761Reg. Free. Fer. 7,22
(?)Drumbulcan1767Reg. Free. Fer. 8
(?)Little Drumbulcan1767Reg. Free. Fer. 22
~Druim Bolcáin ""Bolcan''s ridge""1834J O'D (OSNB) 54 B87
Drumbuckin1834cOSM xiv 102
Drumbuckin td Manor of Newportin Drumbuckin (prop 1834cOSM xiv 102
Bolcan''s ridge1875Joyce ii 22
Barony
Tirkennedy
Parish
Magheracross
Parish in 1851
Magheracross
Townland
None
Place name ID
8046
Place name type
T