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Annaghmare, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Eanach Mór ‘great marsh’


Background

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 (logainm.ie).

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).

References

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.
Barony
Fews Upper
Parish
Creggan
Parish in 1851
Creggan
Townland
None
Place name ID
14193
Place name type
T