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Moneydorragh Beg, County Down

Origin

Ir. Muine Dorcha Beag ‘dark thicket/scrub (little)’

Background

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.

References

info. from Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 50

Additional Information

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
Monydoroghbegg1613CPR Jas I 247a
Monyderoghbegg1625cInq. Ult. (Down) $15 Jac. I
Monydoroghbegg1659cCensus 1659 82
Monederkebegg1661BSD 131
Monydoragh1663Sub. Roll Down 279
Monidarragh begg1688Rent Roll Morne 1
Monydarroghbeg1755Map of Down (OSNB) E35
Monydarroughbeg1767Map of Down (OSNB) E35
Monnydarragh1786Ir. Wills Index iv 167
Monydoraghbeg1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E35
Monydarraghbegg1824Ir. Wills Index iv 172
Monydaraghbeg1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E35
~Muine Dorcha1834OSL 1909 edn map
Moneydorraghbeg1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E35
~Muine dorcha ""Dark brake""1834cOSNB: gen. sources E35
~Muine-dorcha ""dark shrubbery""1869Joyce i 497
Barony
Mourne
Parish
Kilkeel
Parish in 1851
Kilkeel
Townland
None
Place name ID
15090
Place name type
T