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Knockans, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An Cnocán ‘the hillock’

Background

The name of the townland of Knockans is recorded as Ballycnockan in 1635 (Inq. Ult. Antrim $34 Car. I) and in other 17th century sources the name of the townland is consistently represented as Knockan, suggesting that the original Irish form of the name is An Cnocan ‘the hillock’. The final –s in the current version of the name has its origin in the former division of the townland into two portions, as indicated by a reference to Loer Knokan and Upper Knokin the Census of c.1659 (Census 16).

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballycnockan1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $34
Knockan1657cHib. Reg. Kilconway
Loer Knokan1659cCensus 1659 16
Upper Knok1659cCensus 1659 16
Knockan1667ASE 118b
Knockane1667ASE 147a
Knockan1669HMR Ant. 80
Lower Knockan1669HMR Ant. 80a
~Cnocáin ""hillocks""1833J O'D (OSNB) B20
Barony
Kilconway
Parish
Finvoy
Parish in 1851
Finvoy
Townland
None
Place name ID
1560
Place name type
T