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Edenacrannon, County Tyrone


perhaps Ir. Eadán (an) C(h)rannáin ‘brow of the wooden vessel’


The element éadan literally means ‘brow’ or ‘end facing out’ and is reasonably common in place-names, especially in the northern part of the country (Flanagan & Flanagan 1994, 80). It appears without qualification in Eden in Co. Antrim. For the second element, we might compare with Tirmacrannon (Tír Mhic Críonáin ‘McCrennan’s land/country’), although the historical forms of thie current name are numerous, and contain no evidence of the surname particle mac. The most likely explanation of the second element is some derivative of crann ‘tree’, perhaps crannán ‘wooden shaft, handle’ or ‘wooden vessel’ (Ó Dónaill, s.v. crannán) or ‘handle of a scythe treel a quern-shaft’ (Dinneen, s.v. crannán).

The medial syllable represented with -a- of the contemporary form might be epenthetic, or might represent the definite article an.



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Edenccranan1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Edenecranan1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Edenecrannon1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Eddanteecrannan al Edencranan1612CPR Jas I 207a
Eddanteecrannan or1612CPR Jas I 207a
Edencranan1612CPR Jas I 207a
Edencranan1614Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac I
Edencranan1614Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jas 1
Edentetranan1618CPR Jas I 392b
Edentetranan1618CPR Jas I 392b
Eddenecranon al1619Inq. Ult. (Down) $4 Jas 1
Eddenecranon al Edencranan1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac I
al Edencranan1619Inq. Ult. (Down) $4 Jas 1
Edencrannan1621CPR Jas I 536a
Edencrannan al1621CPR Jas I 536a
Edenecranan1621CPR Jas I 536a
al Edenecranan1621CPR Jas I 536a
Edencramane1650cInq. Ult. (Tyrone) $50 Car I
Edenecrananen1650cInq. Ult. (Tyrone) $50 Car I
Edincranon1655cCiv. Surv. 278
Edincranon b''bo1655cCiv. Surv. iii 278
Eddincrannon1661BSD 201
Eddincrannon1661BSD 201
Edenecrainen1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Edenecrainen1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Edencrannon1743OSNB: gen. sources 7
Edenecrananen al1829Inq. Ult. (Down) $50 Car 1
al Edencramane1829Inq. Ult. (Down) $50 Car 1
Edincrannon1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Ednacrannon1834cMap in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 7
~Eadan Crannain/Brow of the Trees1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
~Eadan crannain ""hillbrow of the trees""1936TNCT 38
Dungannon Middle
Parish in 1851
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