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Granaghan, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Greanachán "little gravelly place

Background

Greanach is used in a number of place-names to signify gravelly land (Joyce ii 374-5; cf.Granagh in Cos Down, Antrim, Tyrone, and Limerick, and seeGranny in parish of Kilcronaghan above).  Here it appears with the diminutive suffix án (see Joyce ii 33; cf. Granaghan in Co. Clare, and Granaghan (Dillon) and Granaghan (Martin) in Co. Roscommon).

References

Toner (1996, 148)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
gronsham1609Esch. Co. Map 14
Grenahan1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 307
Gronchan1613Charter of Londonderry 391
Greeneagham1622Phillips MSS (Maps) Plate 23
Grenahan (x2)1622Phillips MSS (Maps) Plate 22
Granaghan1654Civ. Surv. iii 179
Grouchan1657Bishop. Der. i 264
Granahan1659cCensus 1659 135
Grannaghan1661BSDc 64
Granan1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 66
Granaghan1813Sampson's Map
+Gra-na-han1834cOSNB Pron. No. 6
~Greanachán ""A gravelly place""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 6
Granaghan1835cOSM xxvii 100
Granaghan, ancient cairn of stones1835cOSM xxvii 101
Granaghan, ancient spring well1835cOSM xxvii 101
Granaghan, pagan castle1835cOSM xxvii 97
~""gravelly place""1875Joyce ii 375
~Granaghan ""The little gravelly place""1925Munn's Notes 193
Barony
Loughinsholin
Parish
Killelagh
Parish in 1851
Killelagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
2101
Place name type
T