Placenamesni.orgthe history behind our place-names

Dernaveagh, County Antrim


Ir. Dún na bhFiach ‘fort of the ravens’


The documentary evidence suggests that the modern version of this place-name is a corruption of an earlier form Doneveagh.  The initial element of the name is therefore likely to be dún ‘fort’, rather than doire ‘oak-wood’, as suggested by most of the previous investigators.  It is interesting that the historical forms of the name of the townland of Dunnygarran in the neighbouring parish of Craigs show an opposite development, the earlier forms suggesting Irish doire and the later forms suggesting dún.  The most satisfactory interpretation of Dernaveagh is Dún na bhFiach ‘fort of the ravens’.  There were formerly two ‘enclosures’ in the townland (NISMR), but it is impossible to tell which (if any) of these is the feature which gave rise to the townland-name. 


(info. from McKay, P. (1995): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 4 p. 225)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Doneveagh1636EP Adair Mar 12
the 1/2 of Donaveagh1636Indent. Adair (MacDonnells Ant.) 200
Duneveagh1638Lodge RR Chas I ii 40
the halfe-towne or parcell of Land of Duniveigh1660Exch. Deeds & Wills 595
the parcel of land or the halfe towneland called D1660Exch. Deeds & Wills 572
Duneveagh1661Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $1,$3 Car.II
Duniveagh1683EP Adair Sep 26
Dinniveigh1705Lodge RR Will, Anne 461
Dirneveach1709EP Adair June 1
Drinevagh1720Lodge RR Geo I & II 67
Doinneveagh1722EP Adair Feb 1
Driniveagh1722Reg. Deeds 37-489-23607
Duneveagh1723EP Adair Dec 10
Dinneveagh1733EP Adair Feb 8
Drunveagh1763Reg. Deeds 245-270-161474
Dirniveagh1780Lendrick Map
Dernaveagh1826Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) B.37
Dernaveagh1827OSNB B 37/159
Durnabhfiadhbhiathack ""stronghold of the wild beas1827Samuel Bryson (OSNB) B 37/159
~Doire na bhFiadh ""oak-wood of the deer""1827J O'D (OSNB) B 37/159
~Doire na bfeadh ""the oak (or ash) wood""1858Ballymena Obs. Feb 6
~Doire-na-bhfiadh ""oak-wood of the deer""1913Joyce iii 290
Toome Lower
Parish in 1851
Place name ID
Place name type