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Aughnagon, County Down


Ir. Achadh na nGabhann ‘field of the smiths’


There are at least two distinct pronunciations of Aughnagon in the locality. One of these reflects quite accurately the modern spelling and is supported by the historical forms as far back as the middle of the 17th century.  The alternative pronunciation is also reflected by the early 18th-century form Aughnaconn and, like the modern spelling, suggests that Oyne McStay’s Irish form, Ath na g-con ‘ford of the hounds’ may have some authority.  However, early forms of the name such as Aghenegowan can only be interpreted as representing Irish Achadh na nGabhann ‘field of the smiths’; they certainly could not represent Áth na gCon.  One can only suggest that with the passage of time the original name Achadh na nGabhann was misunderstood and re-interpreted locally as Áth na gCon.


Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. I p. 58

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ath na g-con `Ford of the hounds''

1834cOSNB Inf. E42 no. 100

Athan Mhig Dhuibheamhna

1950cMooney 1950c 39

Athan Ui Ghobhain

1950cMooney 1950c 39

Athan a'' ghabhainn

1950cMooney 1950c 39

Athan a'' ghabhna

1950cMooney 1950c 39
Aghynygony1583cFiants Eliz. $4327
Aghenegowan1609CPR Jas I 394b
Aghnegowan1611CPR Jas I 190a
Aghenegoawn1618Deeds & Wills (Mooney) 39
Aghnegowne1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $51 Car. I
Aghnegon1655cCiv. Surv. x $72
Aghnegone1659cCensus 1659 74
Aghoonegowan1692Rent Roll Down 11
Aghnagon1717Deeds & Wills (Mooney) 39
Aughnaconn1720cDeeds & Wills (Mooney) 39
Aghnagon1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Aughnagon1830County Warrant (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Aughnagun1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Aughnagon1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Iveagh Up., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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