njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 11:33:34 BST 2014
I was listening a Cornish broadcast recently and heard the placename Aberfala for Falmouth.
This isn't attested in traditional Cornish as far as one can see.
The attested names are
1 Falmeth (rag ma dro da deux mill Hosket whath in Falmeth, Oliver Pender to William Gwavas, August 1711) or
2 Arwennak/Arwednak (an enys hag arwennek OM 2592; Ha an Castel Broas es en or Widnack; James Harry 1705).
Compare Arwennack Street in Falmouth itself.
My preference is for Arwennak/Arwednak.
Where does Aberfala originate? According to Padel there is no evidence that the element aber 'estuary, river mouth' was ever attested in Cornish.
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