[Spellyans] Falmouth

Nicholas Williams 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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