Owenbreedin, County Fermanagh
Ir. Abhainn Brídín ‘Brídín’s river’
Abhainn is the common Irish word for ‘river’ which is usually anglicised ‘owen’, as is seen in the current place-name and there is an unnamed river which marks the southern boundary of the townland. The qualifying element is most probably the personal name Brídín/Brighdín, a diminutive of Bríd/Brighid. The name appears to have some local significance, appearing in the names Mullaghbreedin (Mullagh Brídín ‘Brídín’s hillock’) in the parish of Galloon, and in Killybreed (perhaps Mullach Coillidh Bríd ‘hillock of Bríd’s wood) in the parish of Rossorry. Note also that rivers are often always named after female entities in Ireland, and in pagan Irish mythology, Brigit is the goddess of poetry and mother of the three gods of craftsmanship (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 36).
It has been suggested that the Bridget in question here is St. Bridget.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Owenbryden||1659||Census 1659 100|
|Onewran-da (E of Hollybrooke r.)||1672c||Hib. Del. Fermanagh|
|Owenbriden||1834c||OSNB 52 B61|
|~Abhainn Brighdein ""Brigidian''s river""||1834c||J O'D (OSNB) 52 B61|
|Owenbreedin (in see of Clogher)||1835||OSM iv 23|
|~Abhainn-Bhrighdín ""little Brigit''s river""||1913||Joyce iii 528|
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