Placenamesni.orgthe history behind our place-names

Turry, County Armagh

Origin

of uncertain origin

Background

The place-name Turry is not attested elsewhere in Ireland as a place-name (logainm.ie).

The form assigned to John O’Donovan is Toraidh ‘tower-like rocks’, a form which is anglicised Turra in Co. Carlow and is interpreted by The Placenames Branch as ‘place of steep rocky heights’ (logainm.ie) although it is not clear how this name might be interpreted in the current townland which is situated inland and is relatively flat (OSNI). According to the Ordnance Survey Memoirs, there is only a small piece of rocky ground in the southern portion of the Tynan (OSM 1, 131), whereas the townland of Turry is the most northerly townland in the parish (OSNI).

We might also consider the element turradh ‘an underground recess, a refuge’ (Dinneen) although there are no documentary references to any underground structures within the townland.

Another element which might anglicise as Turry is turaidh ‘dry, parched’, and as a place-name might refer to some property of the terrain or ground. While the parish of Tynan predominantly contains marshy or boggy ground (OSM 1, 129), the existence of a particularly dry are might be noteworthy.


References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Turry1748Vestry Reg. (OSNB) A155/A49
Turry1830cRet. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) A155/A49
Toraidh ""tower-like (rocks)""1835J O'D (OSNB) A155/A49
Turry1835Clergyman (OSNB) A155/A49
Turry1835OSNB Pron. A155/A49
Turry1835Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) A155/A49
>/ saileán ""willow place""/ salainn ""salt"" - best?2002NIPNP replies KMtoMkthill
Barony
Tiranny
Parish
Tynan
Parish in 1851
Tynan
Townland
None
Place name ID
18162
Place name type
T