Words and Proper Names

Aoibheall mhaol

1442.
Mac Cana (Proinsias): The ingen moel.
In Ériu 52 (2002), pp. 217–227.
Perhaps originally meant ‘servant girl’; cf. Mx inney / inneen-veyl ‘hand-maid, maid-servant’. Also on the use of maol, esp. with women’s names, e.g. Aoibheall mhaol and Gráinne Mhaol in ModIr verse.