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In Ptolemy's time occupants of this area were called the Erdini, or in Irish Ernaigh from which Loch Erne and the river Erne derive their names. Later this region was called Upper Breffny (also spelled Breghne, Brefine, Breifne, Brenny, etc.), the lower part being part of what is now County Leitrim. Upper or East Breffny was also called Breffny O'Reilly, as that was the principal clan in the district. Lesser clans or septs in the area included O'Farrelly, McCoyle, McKiernan, O'Donohoe, McIlduff, McCabe, O'Curry, O'Clery, McBrady, O'Linchy, McGovern, O'Sheridan, and McGowan.

25 Most Common Names in Cavan: Reilly Smith Brady Lynch Clarke McGovern McCabe FitzPatrick Sheridan Farrelly Maguire Dolan Donohoe Smyth Galligan Coyle McDonnell Kelly Gaffney Johnston O'Reilly Martin McManus Carolan McGuire.

Cavan Publications

{One of the following publications is available on microfiche only - if you do not have a fiche reader, contact your local library, they probably have one you may use (often with print capabilities as well). Click here for further information on placing an order.}

FAMILIES OF FRENCH OF BELTURBET AND NIXON OF FERMANAGH, Swanzy 1908, 3 fiche. Richard French of County Cavan d. ca. 1638, George Nixon of Fermanagh d. 1702. Originally published in Dublin.

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