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Dunevly, County Down

Origin

Ir. Dún Eichmhílidh  ‘Eichmhíleadh’s fort’  

Background

John O’Donovan states (OSNB) that the name ‘Echvily was common among the Magennis family’, Echvily being an anglicised form of the forename Eichmhíleadh which means ‘horse-warrior’, from each ‘horse’ +míleadh ‘warrior’. O’Brien (CGH 161 bc 49, 51 & 53) provides a genealogy of the Uí Echach tribe, a tribe whose name survives in the modern barony name ofIveagh, in the south of Co. Down, and in this genealogy we note three members with the name Echmíled. The same forename (in the variant form Eachmhílidh)forms the final element of the name of the townland of Ballyagholy (Baile Eachmhílidh) in the parish of Kilbroney in Co. Down.

References

Hughes, A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p.14

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballydonyvill1588Fiants Eliz. $5264
(?) Downe 1/4 of a townland1617Inq. Ult. (Down) $5 Jac. I
Donnely1625Inq. Ult. (Down) $14 Jac. I
Downeally1625Inq. Ult. (Down) $14 Jac. I
(?) Doneruly1627Inq. Ult. (Down) $10 Car. I
Donevley1628Sav. Ulst. 369
(?) Downevely1637Inq. Ult. (Down) $78 Car. I
Dunnevally1637cSav. Ulst. 373
Donneuilly1657cHib. Reg. Ards
Dunevally1659cCensus 1659 91
Dunevilly1661BSD 85
Dunevelly1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $19 Car. II
(?)Dunevily al. Rosemount Park1668ASE 170 b 36
Dunevly1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 44
Dunavely1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) No. 44
Dunevly1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 44
Dún Eichmhilidh ""Echvily''s Dun or Fort""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E45
Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Ardkeen
Parish in 1851
Ardkeen
Townland
None
Place name ID
12391
Place name type
T