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Craigmonaghan (Nelson), County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Creag Muineacháin 'rock of the bushy place' + E. Nelson (a surname)

Background

The origin of this place-name is correctly identified by Muhr (1999, 6) as Creag Muineacháin 'rock of the bushy place'. Note that there are two townlands named Craigmonaghan in the parish, and they are contiguous. Both are appended with what look like (English or Scottish) surnames, most likely representing a split in the townland. The name Nelson is of English origin, but is also prominent in Ireland in Cos Antrim and Down, counties that welcomed large numbers of settlers from England and Scotland in the 17th century. Indeed, the name here also appears to indicate settlers who arrived around the time of the plantation.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

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Barony
Omagh West
Parish
Urney
Parish in 1851
Urney
Townland
None
Place name ID
20828
Place name type
T