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Lismurphy, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Lios Mhac Mhurchaidh  ‘Fort of the MacMurphy’s’

Background

The earliest forms suggest that the final element of this name derives from the surname Mac Murchaidh ‘son of Murchadh’, which was common in south-east Tyrone . Munn’s suggestion that this is O’Murphy is incorrect, as Murphy is usually derived from Mac Murchaidh in Ulster.  A rath recorded in the area had been levelled in the 19th Century, and a gully, which represented a hut site, was uncovered.  

References

Niall Comer

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Lis mc Murrah1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 304
Lisimemoragh1613Charter of Londonderry 388
(?)Lismurogh1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 156
Lismukmurro1654Civ. Surv. iii 148
Liss McMurphy1659cCensus 1659 141
~Lios Ui Mhurchadha ""Murphy''s fort""1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 B1
Lismurphy Fort1835OSM xxii 85
Lissmurphy1835OSM xxii 108
Lissmurphy Fort1835OSM xxii 108
~Lios-ic-Murchada ""The O''Murphy''s fort""1925Munn's Notes 218
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Macosquin
Parish in 1851
Macosquin
Townland
None
Place name ID
265
Place name type
T