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Rathkenny, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Ráth Chainnigh [ra khanyee] ‘Cainneach’s fort’.

Background

7.5km NNE of Ballymena

par: Skerry bar: Antrim Lower

The name of the townland of Rathkenny is (corruptly) recorded as Ralphkenny in 1669.  The personal name Cainneach (var. Coinneach) which can be anglicised Canice or Kenny is the basis of the surname Mac Coinnigh ‘MacKinney’. The Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record records an ‘enclosure’ in the townland which has now been destroyed.

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 123

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ralphkenny1669HMR Ant. 125
~Rath Cionaoith ""Kenn''s rath or fort""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B36 B44
~Ráth Cheinnigh1989GÉ 264
~Ráth Cheinnigh1989GÉ 264
""fort of the moss""1993Glenravel Bk 26
~Ráth Chainnigh ""Cainneach''s fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 123
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Skerry
Parish in 1851
Skerry
Townland
None
Place name ID
16526
Place name type
T