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Glenmacoffer, County Tyrone

Origin

perhaps Ir. Gleann Mhic Chathbhairr 'Mac Cathbhair's glen'

Background

The first element is straight-forward, gleann 'valley' (which has also entered the English language as glen-). The -mac- component of the second element strongly suggests a name featuring the surname particle mac.

 

The previously suggested surname McCaffer (Mac Cathbhairr ‘son of Cathbharr’, a personal name meaning ‘battle helmet’) is of Scottish origin (Hanks, Coates & McClure, s.v. McCaffer), and therefore the form Gleann Mhic Chathbhairr 'Mac Cathbhair's glen' must be treated with some caution.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Glenmockaffer1613CPR Jas I 258a
Clanmaccoffer1629Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $9 Car. I
Glanmackcaffer1629Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Car. I
GlenmcComer1655cCiv. Surv. 374
Glenmacover1666HMR Tyr. (2) 266
(?)+Loughnacranagh (fort in Glenmacoffer Td)1833OSNB: gen. sources C35
Glenmacoffer1833OSNB: gen. sources C35
Glenmacoofer ...(?) for a man found dead1833OSNB: gen. sources C35
Gleann a'' c[h]at[h]bhairr ""Caffer''s Glen""1833cJ O'D (OSNB) C35
gleann Mhic Cathbhairr M''Caffer''s glen. He was fou1920cTNCT 55
Barony
Strabane Upper
Parish
Bodoney Lower
Parish in 1851
Bodoney Lower
Townland
None
Place name ID
4260
Place name type
T