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Killymorgan, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Coill Uí Mhuireagáin ‘Ó Muireagáin’s wood’

Background

As always with the element kill in place-names, without some corroborative evidence, it is virtually impossible to state with certainty whether it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’. However, one would generally expect to find some historical references to a church or burial ground in the area had there been such. There are no references to any structures of ecclesiastical significance within the townland, and while the Ordnance Survey Memoirs report that there are no natural woods in the parish, young plantations are numerous (OSM 20, 46) and therefore coill is more appropriate here. In Ireland, importation of the Welsh surname Morgan has resulted in the assimilation to Ó Muireagáin (among others). The form therefore might be Coill Uí Mhuireagáin ‘Ó Muireagáin’s wood’.


References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Kilmergan1621CPR Jas I 468b
Killemorgan1655cCiv. Surv. iii 310
(?)Kilmoragan1661Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $19 Car. II
Killmurgan1666HMR Tyr. (2) 222
~Coill Uí Mhuireagáin - Morgan''s Wood1833cJ O'D (OSNB) 129:No.25
Killymorgan (x 3, Manr Moyner/B''gawley, Stewart)1834cOSNB: gen. sources 129:No.25
Kyllymorgan (Sir Hugh Stewart)1834cProprietor (OSNB) 129:No.25
Killymorgan1835OSM xx 54
Killymorgan (115a arable)1835cOSM xx 57
~Coill Ui Morgain - Morgan''s wood1920cTNCT 14
Barony
Clogher
Parish
Errigal Keerogue
Parish in 1851
Errigal Keerogue
Townland
None
Place name ID
20723
Place name type
T