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Unicarval, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhuine Chearbhaill ‘townland of Cearbhall’s thicket or hill’

Background

The name of the townland of Unicarval is recorded as Ballymoonycarvill in 1605 and as Balliwinicarvell in 1613 and the most satisfactory interpretation is Baile Mhuine Chearbhaill ‘townland of Cearbhall’s thicket or hill’. The peculiar anglicised form Unicarval has resulted from the loss of the element baile ‘townland’ and of the initial Mh- of Mhuine.  The personal name Cearbhall is the basis of the surname of the family of Ó Cearbhaill ‘O’Carroll’, the main septs of which were in Kilkenny, Offaly and Louth and also of the surname of the family of Mac Cearbhaill ‘McCarroll/Carville’ who are described by MacLysaght as ‘an Ulster sept, noted for its musicians’ (MacLysaght 1985, 38-9).

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Uaithne Cearbhaill "Carrol's Pillow"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 38
Ballymoonycarvill1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballymony, Carvell1606CPR Jas I 73a
Balliwinicarvell1612CPR Jas I 236a
Ballimonnecarvel al Balliurnicarvel1620Ham. Patent [1620] xxi
Ballewynnicarwell al Ballemonycarwell1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballewynnyearvell1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballewnincawell or Ballemoneycarrel1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Winnecarvelle1630Ham. Patent [1630] xii
Umcarvell1661BSD 125
Unicarvil1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Unicarvil1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Unicarval1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Unicarval1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Dundonald
Parish in 1851
Dundonald
Townland
None
Place name ID
11958
Place name type
T