Attested: Ptolemy 2,2,11 Μαλεος (or Μαλαιος), one of 5 Εβουδαι listed with Ireland
Adomnan Malea (3 times in Life of St Columba, see pp 128,129,167 here)
Where: Almost certainly the Isle of Mull, around NM5732.
Name origin: ‘Greater’. In the Greek dictionary μαλεω is equated with αυξανω ‘to increase’, and presumably it descends from PIE *mel4- ‘strong, great’ Since RC’s Maiona may also be Mull and is close to Latin maiora ‘greater’, it looks as if the same meaning was transmitted in two classical languages.
Notes: The closest parallels to this name in Old Irish seem to be mál ‘prince’ and mell ‘round protuberance’.
Last Edited: 07 June 2016