Rabron, County Fermanagh
Of uncertain origin
The first element of this place-name is clearly ráth 'fort'. There are two ring-forts in the neighbouring townland of Ballygonnell. The contemporary form of the name, and the OSNB form both suggest that the qualifying element is brón, a variant genitive singular form of the element bró ‘quern, millstone’. This element appears anglicised -brone in Carricknabrone (Carraig na Brón ‘rock of the millstone’) in Co. Waterford, in Ardnabrone (Ard na Brón ‘height of the millstone’) in Co. Sligo and it has been offered as an explanation of Tullybrone (Tulaigh na Brón ‘hill of the millstone’) in Co. Armagh.
Note, however the vowel quality in the 17th century forms Rabranna (1629), and Rabrane (1665). These forms might instead suggest the Gaelic surname Breat(h)nach ‘Welshman’ which can be anglicised as Branagh or Walsh. It is very widespread and is the fourth most numerous of all Irish surnames (MacLysaght 1985, 296).
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Rabranna||1629||Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $4 Car.I|
|Robian||1659||Census 1659 101|
|Rabrane[?]||1665||HMR Fer. (2) 8|
|~Ráth Brón ""fort of the quern""||1834||OSNB Inf. B156|
|Rabraans||1834c||OSM xiv 58|
|Rabraans td (prop Marquis of Ely)||1834c||OSM xiv 58|
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