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Owenbreedin, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Abhainn Brídín ‘Brídín’s river’

Background

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. 

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Owenbryden1659Census 1659 100
Onewran-da (E of Hollybrooke r.)1672cHib. Del. Fermanagh
Owenbriden1834cOSNB 52 B61
~Abhainn Brighdein ""Brigidian''s river""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 52 B61
Owenbreedin (in see of Clogher)1835OSM iv 23
~Abhainn-Bhrighdín ""little Brigit''s river""1913Joyce iii 528
Barony
Magherastephana
Parish
Aghavea
Parish in 1851
Aghavea
Townland
None
Place name ID
19523
Place name type
T