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Drumnafern, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Droim na Fearna ‘ridge of the alder’

Background

The early forms Dromnefam (1609) contain a misrepresentation of the final consonant sequence, appearing as -m-, probably as a result of its orthographic similarity to -rn- of the original name Droim na Fearna ‘ridge of the alder’, which has been previously suggested. Fearn ‘alder’, now masculine in gender, was originally feminine and remains feminine in Scottish Gaelic. Note also Ballynafern in Co. Down.

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Dromnefarn1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Dromnefarn1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Dromnefarne1611CPR Jas I 187a
Dromnefarne1614Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac. I
Dromenesarm1618Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac. I
Dromnefarne1618CPR Jas I 392b
Dromnefarne1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac. I
Dromenefarme1621CPR Jas I 536a
Dromnefarne1621CPR Jas I 536a
Drimneferne1655cCiv. Surv. 278
Driminaferna1661BSD 201
Dromnefarne1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Drumnafern1745OSNB: gen. sources 7
Drumnafern1834cMap Armagh (OSNB) 7
~Druim na bhFearn/Ridge of the Alder Trees1835cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Druim na Fearna1913Joyce 111 333
~Druim na bhFearn ""ridge of the alder trees""1936TNCT 38
Barony
Dungannon Middle
Parish
Donaghmore
Parish in 1851
Donaghmore
Townland
None
Place name ID
9833
Place name type
T