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Darkley, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Dearclaigh [jarklee] ‘place of caves or hollows’ [Darkeley 1657]

Background

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).

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 53

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
darckley1609Esch. Co. Map 30 Ardmagh
Darkeley1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 219
Darclay1661BSD 31
Darkly1664HMR Murray (1941) 137
(?)Blackbank1712Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1714Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1726Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1744Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1744cMaps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1776Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1786Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1794Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1797Maps Arm. towns 188
(?)Blackbank1805Maps Arm. towns 188
Darkley1818Dobbin's Keady 34
(?)Blackbank1824Maps Arm. towns 188
Darclay1834?Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) A200
Darclay1834?Land agent (OSNB) A200
Darkley1834?Map Armagh (OSNB) A200
Darkley1834?Grand Jury Warrant (OSNB) A200
Darkley1834?Prentis' MS (OSNB) A200
~Dair-Chladh ""Oak Mound or Ditch""1834?J O'D (OSNB) A200
(?)Darkley Ho.1874Maps Arm. towns 188
Dearclach1905Post-Sheanchas 57
~Dearclaigh1969AGBP 102
~Dearclaigh1989GÉ 87
Dearclaigh1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 27
~Dearclaigh ""place of caves or hollows""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 53
Dearclaigh2000Gateway to Ulster Map
Dearclaigh2000Gateway to Ulster Map
Dearclaigh ""place of caves or hollows""2004NIPNP replies KMtoArmTur
Barony
Armagh
Parish
Keady
Parish in 1851
Keady
Townland
None
Place name ID
14073
Place name type
T