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Athabryanmore, County Tyrone

Origin

Background

The paucity of historical forms of this name make it difficult to make a firm judgement on its original form. The first element ath- might represent áth ‘ford’. This proposal would be supported by the appearance of stepping stones across the River Derg in the east of the townland.

The second element might be bruachán ‘little border’, which would be appropriate given that the ford is situated on the border of this townland with the townland of Crighshane. However, the final element is clearly mór ‘big, great’ and would be in contradiction with the diminutive required to explain bruachán in a form such as Áth an Bhruachán Mór ‘ford of the great little border’.

The second element might also derive from brughán, a variant of brugh ‘a large house, a fort, a fairy mansion’ (Dinneen), although again this form appears to be tautological Áth an Brugháin Mór ‘fort of the big little fort’.

There is a Bryan More and a Bryan Beg in Roscommon, and a Bryanmore Upper and a Bryanmore Lower in Westmeath, the origins of all of these similar names are yet to be confirmed (logainm.ie).

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Atavienmore (Revd Coulthart)1835cClergyman (OSNB)
(?)Attavanmore (Revd Coulthart)1835cClergyman (OSNB)
Nathabrienmore1835cOSNB
~Ait a'' Bruighin Móir ""Site of the Great Fairy Pal1835cJ O'D (OSNB)
~Achadh bruighne moire: Field of the large fairy f1920cTNCT 7
Barony
Omagh West
Parish
Termonamongan
Parish in 1851
Termonamongan
Townland
None
Place name ID
3273
Place name type
T