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Rabron, County Fermanagh

Origin

Of uncertain origin

Background

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). 

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Rabranna1629Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $4 Car.I
Robian1659Census 1659 101
Rabrane[?]1665HMR Fer. (2) 8
~Ráth Brón ""fort of the quern""1834OSNB Inf. B156
Rabraans1834cOSM xiv 58
Rabraans td (prop Marquis of Ely)1834cOSM xiv 58
Barony
Magheraboy
Parish
Devenish
Parish in 1851
Devenish
Townland
None
Place name ID
7611
Place name type
T