Carrickatane, County Tyrone
perhaps Ir. Carraig an tSéin ‘rock of the good luck/prosperity’ or Ir. Carraig an tSiáin 'rock of the fairy mound/foxglove'
The first element in this place-name carraig ‘rock, large prominent stone’ is usually anglicised carrick or carrig.and it probably refers to a standing stone in the townland which is now gone (NISMR).
Turning to the second element, and following McKay's (2007, 2) discussion of Aghintain (Achadh an tSéin ‘field of the good luck/prosperity’) in the parish of Clogher, we might suggest Carraig an tSéin ‘rock of the good luck/prosperity’, and perhaps some local tradition associated with the stone.
We might also consider sián which can mean either'fairy mound' or 'foxglove', and an original form Carraig an tSiáin 'rock of the fairy mound/foxglove', as appears in the form assigned to John O'Donovan. [explain tS mutation]
The form Carraig an tSiáin 'rock of the fairy mound' appears as Carrickateane in Co. Leitrim (logainm.ie).
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Carrigetian||1621||CPR Jas I 511b|
|Carrigitian||1621||CPR Jas I 503a|
|Cargetyan||1655c||Civ. Surv. p.396|
|Carrigattein||1666||HMR Tyr. (2) 258|
|Carraicatain ""the rocky burn""||1830c||Ogilby, A. C23|
|Carraig a tsiadhain ""rock of the digitalis"" (Sr Jn||1830c||Land agent (OSNB) C23|
|Carrickatane||1830c||OSNB: gen. sources C23|
|Carrickatane (Sr Jn Burgoyne)||1830c||Land agent (OSNB) C23|
|Carraig a tsiadhain ""rock of the digitalis""||1833c||J O'D (OSNB) C23|
|Carickatain,Lord Abercorn||1836||OSM v 91|
|carraig a t-siain - Rock of the foxglove||1920c||TNCT 64|
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