At 10:00 AM 5/14/99 +0000, Shae wrote:
>I'm afraid it's not quite so romantic. Maol means 'bald'.
McBain's Etymology suggests also brow, hill, rock, implying something
of that shape.
>It means 'fire' and was one of the commonest of all names in use in
>early Ireland, usually in the form 'A/ed.' A/ed Sla/ne (+607), A/ed
>mac Ainmerech (+601) and A/ed Alla/n (+613) were all kings, and there
>were about 20 saints with the same name. It has been incorrectly
>anglicised as 'Hugh,' and has given rise to a number of surnames such
>as Hayes, Hughes, McHugh and McCoy (Beam me up, Scottie!).
Immediately to mind is a tribe with fiery red hair gone bald . . . ?
Perhaps the Molloys were keepers of the signal fires, set on cleared
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