Annabella, County Cork
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Annabella is a residential area that lies on the fringes of Mallow, County Cork, Province of Munster, in Ireland. The Irish name Eanach-bile translates to the marsh of the bile or old tree.[N 1]
- Placenames Database of Ireland. Annabella Verified 2011-02-09.
- The Genealogical magazine; Part 3 of Genealogical journals and periodicals; Part 3 of Rare printed sources for genealogical research. New York Public Library: Elliot Stock. 1900. p. 372.
- Joyce, Patrick. Irish Local Names Explained. Annabella 1902.
- Ordnance Survey Ireland. Historic map. Online Map Viewer
- Regarding the eanach-bile (marsh of the sacred tree) derivation advanced by P.W. Joyce or indeed the áth an bhile (ford of the sacred tree) proferred by Eugene O Curry in the Ordnance Survey Namebook (1840), both are incorrect. O Curry's colleague, Dr. John O Donovan, was correct in his assertion 'I think that this is a fancy name' (Ordnance Survey Namebook). It may have derived from a one-time female resident of Annabella House, now demolished. Details of the house and demesne are given in Houses Of Cork, Vol.1-North, p.29 (Anna-Maria Hajba) where she cites Joyce's derivation of eanach bile. Early name-forms include: Annabelle(1719), Annabel(1721), Anabel(1750), Annable(1776) and thereafter Annabelle (1811, 1830, 1837 and 1840). Correspondence from Pádraig Ó Dálaigh, Higher Placenames Officer to Steven Driskell. 2011-02-10.
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