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Gilnahirk, County Down

Origin

Ir. Éadan Ghiolla na hAdhairce ‘hill brow of the horn bearer’.

Background

Seventeenth-century spellings such as Edengilneherick (1623) point to the derivation Éadan Ghiolla na hAdhairce ‘the hill brow of the horn bearer’. The element adharc ‘horn’ could conceivably refer to a hunting horn or to a musical horn but seems more likely to denote a drinking horn.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Eadan Giolla na hAdhairce ""the brae of the horn-b

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Eudan-Giolla-na-hadhairce

1913Joyce iii 362
Balledengilnehir1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Edengilneherick1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lvi
Edengilneherick1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Edengilnehericke1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Edengilneheriek1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Edengilnehirk1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Edengillnehirke1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 127
Ballyneherick1659cCensus 1659 88
Edengillneherricke1661BSD 124
Edengillynhirk1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Gillynahirk1769Reg. Deeds abstracts ii $447
Edengillynhirk1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
11963
Place name type
T