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Screeby, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Scríobaigh 'bad pasture'

Background

The element scríobach refers to ‘bad pasture’ and is the most likely origin of the townland of Screeby, perhaps in an oblique form Scríobaigh. It is also possible that the name originally contained an additional element, for example baile ‘townland’ which would have caused scríobach to appear in the genitive, scríobaigh, although the historical evidence does not indicate truncation.  There is also another townland named Screeby in the parish of Clogher.

Further examples of this element appear in Co. Galway as Muine Scriobach ‘thicket of the bad pasture’ (Moneyscreebagh). The townland and parish of Scrabby in Co. Cavan derives from An Screabach (logainm.ie), although its exact meaning is unclear.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Scrabby or Screeby1835cOSNB: gen. sources
Screeby (Revd G Porter)1835cClergyman (OSNB)
~Scríobach ""Furrowed Land""1835cJ O'D (OSNB)
~Scriob: Furrowed or Rugged Land1913Joyce iii 550
~Scriobach: Furrowed Land1920cTNCT 10
Screabach ""scraped land""1957O'Daly's Kilskeery 89
local pronunciation ""Scrabby""1957O'Daly's Kilskeery 90
~Screabach: Scraped Land1957O'Daly's Kilskeery 89-90
Barony
Omagh East
Parish
Kilskeery
Parish in 1851
Kilskeery
Townland
None
Place name ID
8863
Place name type
T