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Aughrim, County Down

Origin

Ir. Eachdhroim ‘horse ridge’

Background

The name of this townland derives from Irish Eachdhroim, a compound of each ‘horse’ and droim ‘ridge’, with reference to the topographical feature now known as Aughrim Hill.  It may be translated ‘horse-shaped ridge’ or, as seems more likely, ‘ridge of the horses’.  The -dh- is omitted in modern Irish orthography as it is now silent.  

References

info. from Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 19

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Aghryn1540Rentals & Surveys Down 75
Aghryme1552CPR Ed. VI iv 389
Agherun1607CPR Jas I 495a
Aghrim1613CPR Jas I 247a
Aghrin1625cInq. Ult. (Down) $15 Jac. I
~(?)ó Echdruim Brecain1630cMart. Don. May 8 p120
Aghrim1659cCensus 1659 83
Aghram1661BSD 132
Achrim1663Sub. Roll Down 279
Auchrim1688Rent Roll Morne 2
Auchrim1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E206
Aughrim1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E206; E175

~Eachdhruim "horse-hill"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E206

~Eachdruim "ridge of the horse/horse-ridge"

1834cOSNB: gen. sources E175
Barony
Mourne
Parish
Kilkeel
Parish in 1851
Kilkeel
Townland
None
Place name ID
15117
Place name type
T