Finulagh, County Tyrone
Ir. Fionnloch ‘white lake
Despite the absence of any such feature in the townland, the most satisfactory explanation of Finulagh is the compound Fionnloch ‘white lake’, which also appears in the form assigned to John O’Donovan.
Qualifying adjectives typically appear on the right of the noun, fionn tends to appear prenominally in this type of compound such as in the names of Fionnachadh ‘white field’ (Finaghy, Co. Antrim), Fionnghlas ‘white stream’ (Fingalas, Co. Dublin) and Fionnbhoth ‘white hut’ (Finvoy, Co. Antrim).
While there is now no lake in the townland, locals report that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding which may indicate that there was previously a lake in the area. We might also consider the suffix -ach and a form Fionnlach 'place of/abounding in white.
ReferencesFK (2020), FK (2021)
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Finulagh||1834c||OSNB: gen. sources 7|
|~Finnloch||1835c||J O'D (OSNB) 7|
|~Fionn Loch ""white lough""||1936||TNCT 38|
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