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Tirkeeran, County Derry

Origin

Uncertain

Background

The historical forms available for this name suggest that the initial element derives from tír ‘land, territory’. Whilst Turkerran (1654) may point to the element tor ‘tor’ ortuar ‘cattle-field’, these elements, whilst common in Co. Antrim, are not prevalent in Co. Derry, so this is likely due to scribal error. The final element suggests a derivation from caorthainn ‘mountain ash’, and the vowel ao was previously pronounced [E:] in Ulster Irish.  The elementcaorthainn appears in the name Tullykeeran and Altkeeran in the Parish of Ballynasceen. The personal name Caerthainn, as suggested by Munn, is not attested.

References

Niall Comer

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Tyrchyrine, b. of Anagh1397Colton Vis. 29b, Ulst.Inq.
Terkerine1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 306
Tirekerrin1613Charter of Londonderry 387
Terkerin1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 157
Turkerran1654Civ. Surv. iii 153
Tirrekirran1657Bishop. Der. i 255
(?)Deerteerin1659cCensus 1659 143
(?)Inkerm1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 70
~Tír Caorthainn ""land of the rowan trees""1827J O'D (OSNB) 93 B50
~Tir-mic-Chaerthain ""The land of the descendants o1925Munn's Notes 138
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Desertoghill
Parish in 1851
Desertoghill
Townland
None
Place name ID
2130
Place name type
T