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Carran More, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Carran Mór ‘rocky land (big)’

Background

According to Joyce, the element carran generally signifies ‘rocky land’ and this same interpretation of the current name is provided in the OSNB form.

Note, however the sole historical form which appears as Correnmore (1817), the -o- of which might indicate corrán ‘angle’, ‘corner’ or ‘sickle’, which often refers to a crescent or sickle shaped area of land, such as in Curran in Antrim, which is the name of a sickle shaped promontory near Larne. However, this townland is relatively uniform in shape and does not lend itself to such a description. Further, the appearance of the contrastive name Carran Beg in the same parish makes this interpretation (i.e. two sickle shaped townlands in the same parish) even more unlikely.

We might also suggest carn.'cairn' or ‘heap of stones’, which can often can make reference to a stone-built mound, especially a burial monument (HDGP 60), although again, the presence of two (non-contiguous) townlands with the same name makes this unlikely.

It is more likely that rocky land was a feature of the general area as a whole, and therefore applicable to more than one townland. The two townlands were then distinguished with the adjectives beag ‘little’ and mór ‘big, great’.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Correnmore1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) Magheraboy 54 B
~Carranmore (Big)1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 54 B162
Barony
Magheraboy
Parish
Inishmacsaint
Parish in 1851
Inishmacsaint
Townland
None
Place name ID
7282
Place name type
T