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Bohevny, County Fermanagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. Both Aibhne ‘Aibhne’s hut or Ir. Both Abhna ‘hut of the river’

Background

In place-names the element both ‘hut, tent’ often refers to a monastic hut or cell and can be followed by the name of the saint associated with it, however though there is no local tradition to confirm this, nor is there any record of an ecclesiastical settlement in the townland and here probably means ‘hut’. The qualifying element might be Aibhne as proposed in the form assigned to John O’Donovan, and which is anglicised similarly in the townland of Killevny (Cill Aibhne ‘Aibhne’s church) in Co. Galway (logainm.ie). In the later middle ages, the personal name Aibhne occurs among the Meic Lochlainn (McLoughlins) and Uí Chatháin (O Kanes) of Donegal and Derry (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 15-16), but may well appear here as well.

Note however, the late appearance of [v] in the anglicised forms, first appearing in the 18th century forms Bohevny (1751) and Bohevney (1761). Earlier forms might suggest Both Shuibhne (c.f.Tobar Shuibhne ‘Sweeny’s well’, anglicisedToberhewny in Co. Armagh) or Both Abhna ‘hut of the river’ (c.f.Bun na hAbhna ‘bottom of the river, anglicisedBallyhawny in Co. Mayo (logainm.ie)).  The form Both Abhna ‘hut of the river’ is particularly appropriate for this townland whose long northern boundary is marked by a river of some significance, flowing into Lough Erne (OSNI).

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Bohewny1611CPR Jas I 211a
Ballystrohary1659Census 1659 104
Boheway1659Census 1659 104
Bohoneny1672cHib. Del. Fermanagh
Bohoneny (Clonawley)1672cHib. Del. Fermanagh
(?)Bohevny1751Reg. Free. Fer. 19
(?)Bohevney1761Reg. Free. Fer. 18
Bohevnia1834OSM xiv 14,29
~Both Aibhne ""Evenew''s hut or tent""1834J O'D (OSNB) B128 B54
~Both-aibhne ""booth or hut of the river""1913Joyce iii 142
Barony
Clanawley
Parish
Cleenish
Parish in 1851
Cleenish
Townland
None
Place name ID
19568
Place name type
T