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Cullenramer, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Cuilleann Ramhar ‘broad steep unbroken slope’

Background

According to Joyce,ramhar ’thick, broad’ is used extensively in the formation of names, particularly of hills and rocks (Joyce ii 395) and therefore cullen- in this name is more likely to refer to cuilleann ‘steep unbroken slope’, rather than cuileann ‘holly’ with which cuilleann is often confused. The delenition of the -mh- of ramhar is common in the north, and can also be seen in the place-names of Cloghanramer (Clochán Ramhar ‘thick stone structure/causeway’) in Co. Down, Killyramer (An Coillidh Ramhar ‘the broad wood’) in Co. Antrim, and Kenramer (Ceann Ramhar ‘the broad head/headland’) on Rathlin Island.

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cullinrawer1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Cullenramer1611OSNB: gen. sources 7
Cullenrawer1611CPR Jas I 187a
Cullenrawer1614Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac. I
Cullenrawre1618CPR Jas I 392b
Cullynerawre1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac. I
Cullinravir1655cCiv. Surv. p.278
Cullinrauir1661BSD 201
(?)Cullein1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Cullinramer1834cMap in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 7
~-Ramar/fat1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
~Cuilleann Ramhar/Thick Holly1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Culleann/Hollywood1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
~Cuillion Ramhar ""thick or close holly wood""1936TNCT 38
Barony
Dungannon Middle
Parish
Donaghmore
Parish in 1851
Donaghmore
Townland
None
Place name ID
9923
Place name type
T