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Garvagh Blane, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Garbhach ‘rough place’

Background

This name, as well (and the similar name Garvaghy) is extremely common in the north of Ireland, particularly in the province of Ulster. Both Garvagh and Garvaghy have been argued to derive from the root element garbh ‘rough’. A more complex element containing garbh is garbhachadh, a compound element which translates directly as ‘rough field’. Another derivative features the root garbh, plus the common suffix -ach, appearing as garbhach which means ‘rough, rough one’ (logainm.ie) or ‘rough place’. The prominence of a bisyllabic structure across the historical forms indicates that the original form of Garvagh here is more likely to be Garbhach ‘rough place’, which is more structurally representative of the modern form.

References

FK

Additional Information

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Blane (Revd Coulthart)1835cClergyman (OSNB)
Blean1835cOSNB
Garvagh Blane (Sir Robt Ferguson)1835cRes. Gent. (OSNB)
~Bléan ""a Groin; a Hollow""1835cJ O'D (OSNB)
~Garbh achadh: Rough field or land1920cTNCT 7
Barony
Omagh West
Parish
Termonamongan
Parish in 1851
Termonamongan
Townland
None
Place name ID
2864
Place name type
T