[Spellyans] Falmouth

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Mon Apr 28 12:24:53 BST 2014

According to George (GKK 1993),  /Aberfal/ is a neologism that originated with Julian Holmes.  /Aber/ is found in the  /Vocabularium Cornicum/ and Lhuyd (1707: 4b) gives "† aber". The dagger symbol indicates that Lhuyd got this word from the  /Vocabularium Cornicum/. Lhuyd writes that  /aber/ is  "now disus'd by the Cornish, but still understood by the Welsh." Since not all the glosses in the  /Vocabularium/ are Cornish (see my recent paper in  /Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie/), it is not safe to assume that  /aber/ even existed in Old Cornish.
Ol an gwella,
----- Original Message -----
From: Nicholas Williams
Sent: 04/28/14 11:33 AM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: [Spellyans] Falmouth

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.


Dr. Jon Mills, 
University of Kent
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