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Demoan, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Dúmóin ‘black/great bog’

Background

A small number of adjectives in Irish can appear prefixed on the noun. One such example is dubh, often contracted to dú- when preceding a consonant in this position. Dubh typically means ‘black’ but can also mean ‘dark’, ‘great, intense’, ‘evil’ or ‘dark, unknown’.

In the current place-name dú- modifies móin ‘bogland, moor’, probably in reference to the 100 acres of spent bog in the parish (OSM 1, 8). Given the reference to bogland, the ‘black’ or ‘great’ interpretations of dú- are most probably appropriate. There is another townland named Dúmóin, which has been anglicised as Demone, in Co. Tipperary (logainm.ie).

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Deemone1609Esch. Co. Map 5.26
(?)Bally-yeanan1611CPR Jas I 189a
Denone1611CPR Jas I 190a
Daimoone1623Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $8 Jas. I
Denone1635Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $21 Car. I
Deamone1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 229
Deamon1659Census 1659 30
Lemoane1661BSD 5
Levone1661BSD 10
Dymon1664HMR Orior 423
Dymon1664HMR Murray (1941) 127
Deemoen1760Rocque's Map (Coote)
Demone1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) NB 115
De-moan''1834?OSNB Pron. NB 115
Deemoane1834?Evans's Return (OSNB) NB 115
Demone1834?OSNB NB 115
Demone1834?Land agent (OSNB) NB 115
~Déagh-Móin ""Good Bog""1835J O'D (OSNB) NB 115
Barony
Orior Lower
Parish
Ballymore
Parish in 1851
Ballymore
Townland
None
Place name ID
14409
Place name type
T