Screeby, County Tyrone
Ir. Scríobaigh 'bad pasture'
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.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Scrabby or Screeby||1835c||OSNB: gen. sources|
|Screeby (Revd G Porter)||1835c||Clergyman (OSNB)|
|~Scríobach ""Furrowed Land""||1835c||J O'D (OSNB)|
|~Scriob: Furrowed or Rugged Land||1913||Joyce iii 550|
|~Scriobach: Furrowed Land||1920c||TNCT 10|
|Screabach ""scraped land""||1957||O'Daly's Kilskeery 89|
|local pronunciation ""Scrabby""||1957||O'Daly's Kilskeery 90|
|~Screabach: Scraped Land||1957||O'Daly's Kilskeery 89-90|
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