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Castleaverry, County Down

Origin

Ir. Caisleán Éibhire Éibhir’s castle or stone ring-fort’

Background

Castleaverry is recorded as Ballycaslanevaragh in 1605 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name appears to be Caisleán Éibhire Éibhir’s castle or stone ring-fort’. The personal name Éibhir  (in the Old Irish form Éber) was borne by legendary and pseudo-historical characters, including Éber son of Míl, leader of the Goidelic conquest of Ireland. It was also used by the later medieval O’Neills and McMahons and survived among the Magennis family of Co. Down up until the nineteenth century (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 82). There is no now no trace of a castle or ring fort in the townland.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Caiseal Aibhearaigh ""Avery''s stone fort""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Ballycaslanevaragh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Balle-Castlenevarie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Balle-Castlnevarry1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlv
Ballecaslanevery1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Castlenevary1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballecastlenevarry1661BSD 121
Castlenevarry als Ballycastlenevarry1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Castleavery1745OSNB: gen. sources E 19
Castlenavery1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Castlenaverry1830cTreas. Warrant (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11954
Place name type
T