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Carrigan, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Carraigín ‘rocky land’

Background

Versions of the name Carrigans occur not infrequently in East Ulster place-names, variously as Cargan, Cargans, Carrigan and Carrigan. It has been interpreted by Joyce as a diminutive of carraig ‘rock’, appearing as carraigín ‘little rock’, ‘land with a rocky surface’ (Joyce l 411). However, DIL gives a form carracán ‘little rock’. Ó Dónaill translates the word carracán ‘rocky eminence, large rock’, but without any rocks of any particular significance, we will assume Joyce’s form Carraigín ‘rocky land’.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

not in 1851 Cen.

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Barony
Clanawley
Parish
Killesher
Parish in 1851
Killesher
Townland
None
Place name ID
20332
Place name type
T