Darkley, County Armagh
Ir. Dearclaigh [jarklee] ‘place of caves or hollows’ [Darkeley 1657]
The NIPNP form for this place-name, Dearclaigh ‘place of caves or hollows’ (McKay 1999, 53), is the most likely form for this name. The root element dearc ‘a cave, a pit or grave’ (Dinneen) appears with the derivational suffix -laigh which is most accurately interpreted as ‘place of’ in a toponymic context. There is another Darkley (Irish name to be confirmed) in Co. Cavan (logainm.ie).
ReferencesMcKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 53
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