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Moneydorragh More, County Down


Ir. Muine Dorcha Mór ‘dark thicket/scrub (great)


Of the three townlands which form subdivisions of Moneydorragh (Moneydorragh Beg, Moneydorragh More, Moneydorragh More Upper), two appear to be as old as the middle of the 16th century (note the -s plural in the earliest historical spelling, Mundorghes, 1540AD).  The third, Moneydorragh More Upper, first appears in the records in c. 1830.  Both the OSL and the OSNB record the Irish form of the name as Muine Dorcha and this is supported by the earliest anglicized spellings.  The subsequent development of -o- to -a-, as contrasted in the forms Monydoragh in 1663 and Monnydarragh in 1786, can be attributed to the tendency in Ulster Irish for –o- to be lowered to –a- before certain consonants. The designations mór ‘great’ and beag ‘little’ are very apt as Moneydorragh More is much larger than Moneydorragh Beg.


info. from Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 51

Additional Information

Contains part of the village of Annalong

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mundorghes1540Rentals & Surveys Down 76
Mondroghes, the 2 towns called the1552CPR Ed. VI iv 389
Moghedroghes, the 21607CPR Jas I 495a
Moydorogh, the 2 towns called1607CPR Jas I 103a
Monydoroghmore1613CPR Jas I 247a
Monydoroghmoore1625cInq. Ult. (Down) $15 Jac. I
Monydoroghmore1659cCensus 1659 82
Monederkemore1661BSD 131
Monydoragh1663Sub. Roll Down 279
Monidarragh more1688Rent Roll Morne 1
Monydarroghmore1755Map of Down (OSNB) E35
Monydarroughmore1767Map of Down (OSNB) E35
Monnydarragh1786Ir. Wills Index iv 167
Monydoraghmore1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E35
Moneydaraghmore1813Ir. Wills Index iv 168
Monydaraghmore1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E35
~Muine Dorcha1834OSL 1909 edn map
Moneydorraghmore1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E35
~Muine dorcha mor ""Dark brake (Big)""1834cOSNB: gen. sources E35
~Muine-dorcha ""dark shrubbery""1869Joyce i 497
Parish in 1851
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