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Callagheen, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Caladh Caoin ‘pleasant harbour, shore’

Background

The townland of Callaghane in Co. Waterford is said to derive from Ceallachán, although its meaning is unclear (logainm.ie).

The name is similar to the family name Ó Ceallacháin ‘descendant of Ceallachán’ , a diminutive of the personal name Ceallach , probably meaning ‘bright-headed’, from cen ‘head’ + lach ‘light’. This name was borne by a 10th-century king of Munster, from whom many present-day bearers of the surname claim descent (Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, s.v. Callaghan), although the historical forms contain no evidence of truncation, and a surname is unlikely to appear as a townland name on its own.

The element caladh can variously mean ‘a shore, port, harbour, haven; a river-side meadow; a ferry, a narrow neck of the sea’ (Dinneen) which might lend itself well to this townlands proximity to Lough Erne.

The qualifying element is probably caoin ‘beautiful, pleasant’.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Calaheen1751Reg. Free. Fer. 20
~East + West Callagheen1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) Magheraboy 54 B
Callagheen td mountain 404.20 ft above sea level1834cOSM xiv 71
~Caladh Chaoin ""beautiful callow or holm""1834cOSNB Inf. 54 B162
Barony
Magheraboy
Parish
Inishmacsaint
Parish in 1851
Inishmacsaint
Townland
None
Place name ID
7321
Place name type
T