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Granemore, County Armagh

Origin

perhaps Fr. Grange + Ir. Mór ‘Great Grange’

Background

The element grean ‘the bottom of the sea, lake or river’ (Dinneen) is often used more widely to signify land in general (Joyce i, 353). Under this interpretation the original name might be An Grean Mór ‘the great land’.

A more likely possibility is that this is a hybrid name, and that the first component grane- is in fact the common place-name element grange (Ir. grainseach). The word grange is Norman-French in origin and ‘refers to a land-unit, generally a townland, held as farm-land (or possibly simply grain-producing land) by a monastic house of the 12th- or post-12th-century period, frequently an Anglo-Norman foundation’ (Flanagan 1981-2(c), 75). In fact, the element grange appears in the historical forms the grange of Greanmore (1619, 1622). Further, this townland is the location of a parochial house (OSNI).


References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Greanmore1609Church Lands Arm. 83
greenuore1609Esch. Co. Map 30 Ardmagh
Greanmore1610CPR Jas I 229a
Greanmore1619CPR Jas I 374b
Greanmore1619CPR Jas I 410b
Greanmore,the grange of1619CPR Jas I 392a
Greanmore and the grange of Greanmore1622CPR Jas I 534b
Greenemore1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 220
Greenemore1661BSD 28
Grangemore1818Dobbin's Keady 34
Grainmore1835OSNB A200
Grainmore1835Cess Book (OSNB) A200
Grainseach mor ""great grange""1835J O'D (OSNB) A200
Granemore1835Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) A200
Granemore1835Land agent (OSNB) A200
Grangemore1835Grand Jury Warrant (OSNB) A200
Barony
Armagh
Parish
Keady
Parish in 1851
Keady
Townland
None
Place name ID
14020
Place name type
T