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Carnanransy, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Carn an Ransaithe 'cairn of the rummage or search'

Background

The first element in this name appears to be either carn 'cairn, heap of stones' (followed by the definite article) or perhaps its diminutive carnán 'little cairn'. The second element is less straight-forward, and the termination -ransy is not attested in any other place-name. We might consider a form cognate with the verb ransaigh 'ransack, rummage, search'. The nominal form ransú appears as ransaithe (Ó Dónaill) and the form Carn an Ransaithe 'cairn of the rummage or search' is structurally representative of the contemporary form of the name.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Carnanransey1833OSNB: gen. sources C35
Carnanransy1833OSNB: gen. sources C35
Carnán ""heap"" ransey uncertain""1833cJ O'D (OSNB) C35
>carnan raithnech, the ferny stone or heap (J O''D)1920cTNCT (1st edn) 48
carn an raithin sidhe Carn of the fairy rath or fe1920cTNCT 55
uncertain but it seems to be (carnan raithneath)1920cTNCT (1st edn) 48
Barony
Strabane Upper
Parish
Bodoney Lower
Parish in 1851
Bodoney Lower
Townland
None
Place name ID
4175
Place name type
T