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Gortnagriffin, County Fermanagh

Origin

Of uncertain origin

Background

The first element in this place-name gort 'field' appears frequently in Irish place-names where it can appear as an independent element,Gort 'field' which appears in the same form as the name of eleven townlands in Ireland (logainm.ie).

For the second element, the OSNB form suggests the family name Griffin, which is a Welsh relationship name from the personal name Gruffin, Griffin , a pet form of Middle Welsh Gruffudd (Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, s.v. Griffin). We should treat this form with some caution, however, as the linguistic evidence appears to indicate the definite article, which would normally rule out a proper name in final position.

We might suggest Gort na Graifne, containing grafainn which might mean‘horse race’, ‘group of horsemen, of running horses’, ‘alarming, menacing noise’ or ‘grunting, squealing, crackling sound’ (Ó Dónaill), although the first vowel of grafainn is not representative of the linguistic forms.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Gortagriffin1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) 54 B160 Clanawl
Gortagriffin1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 54 B160
~Gort na Groifín ""field of the Griffins - people""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 54 B160
Gortagriffen1835cOSM xiv 87
Gortagriffen td (prop Joseph Dunn of Dublin)1835cOSM xiv 87
Barony
Clanawley
Parish
Killesher
Parish in 1851
Killesher
Townland
None
Place name ID
13026
Place name type
T