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Annaghmare, County Armagh


Ir. Eanach Mór ‘great marsh’


The first element in this place-name eanach means ‘watery place, fen, marsh or swamp’ and since such places are common in Ireland, the anglicised forms annagh, anna and anny appear frequently in place-names (Flanagan & Flanagan 1994, 81). The second element is probably the simple adjective mór ‘big, great’. Eanach Mór ‘great marsh’ is a common place-name in Ireland. It typically appears anglicised as Annaghmore and is the name of twelve townlands across Ireland (

Note that the medial vowel in most of the historical forms is [a], where we would expect [o] with the form Eanach Mór ‘great marsh’. Given that the anglicised ending ­-mar is not attested elsewhere, we will assume that the -a- which predominates the historical forms is a mistranscription which has been replicated).


Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Anaghmory & Anoghgannon 2 sessioghes1640Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $36 Car. I
Annaghmar als Aghmore,Annaghmore,Enaghmore1655cCromwell Confisc. 27
Annaghmarre1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 227
Enaghmare1657cHib. Reg. Fewes
Enaghmar1659Census 1659 33
Enaghmore 2 sessiaghs1661BSD 13
Annaghmaire1664HMR Murray (1941) 166
Aghmore als Annaghmore1668ASE 178a
Anaghmar1766Families Creggan 44
Annaghmar1830Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
Anaghmar1830cDawson Esq. (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
Annaghmar1830cOSNB A/E63,no.196
Annaghmar1830cRet. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
Eanach Már ""Great Marsh""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
Anaghmar1835Hugh O'Callaghan (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
Anaghmar1835cRev. D. Atkinson (OSNB) A/E63,no.196
~Anaghmar aaan-ath-marb the burying plain1838Donaldson's Fews 98
~Annaghmar Ath-na-marbh the ford of the dead1923Murray's Fews 107
Agh ""a field"A/E63,no.196Ballymore inf.
Fews Upper
Parish in 1851
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