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Leany, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Leanaí ‘water-meadows’

Background

The element léana refers to a lowlying grassy place, swampy ground or or to a water-meadow. While in modern Irish, léana is pluralised léanta (Ó Dónaill), the variant plural leanaí is listed in Dinneen, and is the most likely origin of this name.

Note that the earliest form of this name appears as the obscure lainisgerin (1609), a form which might indicate a qualifying element, perhaps the family name Guerin, an occupational name from French guerin ‘guard’, although we cannot be sure given that this form appears in isolation.

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
lainisgerin1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Liena1655cCiv. Surv. iii 286
Leynagh1657CHib. Reg. Dungannon Lr,
Leny1664HMR Tyr. (1) 6
Leny1666HMR Tyr. (2)
Lynnagh1666ASE 110
Léanaidh - A wet Meadow1833cJ O'D (OSNB) NB 128;D52
Leany (x 2, Prop. Goff Esq.)1834cOSNB: gen. sources NB 128;D52
~leanaidh - A wet meadow1920cTNCT 44
~Leanaidh ""a wet meadow""1936TNCT 45
Barony
Dungannon Lower
Parish
Carnteel
Parish in 1851
Carnteel
Townland
None
Place name ID
20479
Place name type
T