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Tullygarvan, County Down


Ir. Tulaigh Gharbháin ‘hillock of the rough land’


Tullygarvan lies west of Ballygowan, on the southern boundary of the parish of Comber. The root of the final element of the place-name is the word garbh ‘rough’ and garbhán is attested in the sense of ‘bran, husks’ (Dinneen); ‘coarse substance’ (Ó Dónaill).  As an element in place-names it seems likely that it could also have the significance of ‘rough land’. Garbhán is also attested as a forename: it is the name of five early Irish saints (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 110) and is the basis of the Munster surname Ó Garbháin ‘(O’)Garvan’ and of the Mayo surname Ó Gairbhín ‘Garvey’ (Woulfe 1923, 537).  The name of the townland is recorded as Ballytullygarvagh in 1605 and as Balletulligarvan and Tulligarvan in 1623. There is some rough land in the east of this townland. There are townlands named Tullygarvan East and Tullygarvan West in Co. Clare.


P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Tulaigh Garbhain ""Garvan''s hill""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Ballytulligarvagh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Balletullegarvan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Balletulligarvan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Tulligarvan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Ballytullygavan1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car 1
Tullegarvin1659cCensus 1659 87
Tullygirvin1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Tullygirvin1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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