Callagheen, County Fermanagh
Ir. Caladh Caoin ‘pleasant harbour, shore’
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’.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Calaheen||1751||Reg. Free. Fer. 20|
|~East + West Callagheen||1817||GJM M'stephana (OSNB) Magheraboy 54 B|
|Callagheen td mountain 404.20 ft above sea level||1834c||OSM xiv 71|
|~Caladh Chaoin ""beautiful callow or holm""||1834c||OSNB Inf. 54 B162|
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