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Salloon, County Fermanagh


Of uncertain origin


The previous NIPNP proposal for this name as Sail Luain ‘Luan’s willow tree’ is satisfactory, and well represents the contemporary form of the name.

However for the second element we might also consider 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 Sáil-luan ‘willowed haunch-like hill’. We might also consider lubhán/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). As a qualifier of sail then, this form might appear as Sail Luain ‘willow of the calf’ which is unlikely based on its meaning.

However, based on the early 17th century forms Sylann (1621), Sillane (1622) and Silanne (1622), we should also consider the element suí(earlier suidhe) 'seat' for the first element. Suí often appears accompanied by a qualifying personal name, which may well be the case following the NIPNP proposal of Luan.

Pronunciation information might also shed light on other possibilities such as Salann 'salt' or Saileán 'willow'?


FK (2019)

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Sylann1621Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $2 Jac.I
Silanne1622Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $4 Jac.I
Sillane1622Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $4 Jac.I
(?)Symuldoone1630Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $15 Car.I
(?)Symuldone1662Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $6 Car.II
Saloon1748Reg. Free. Fer. 32
Saloon1761Reg. Free. Fer. 7
Saloon1768Reg. Free. Fer. 5
~Sal Luain ""Luan''s or Lamb''s salicetum""1834J O'D (OSNB) 54 B87
Salloon td Manor of Newportin (prop A Crawford)1834cOSM xiv 102
Sail Luain ""Luan''s willow tree""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Parish in 1851
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