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Buckna, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Bocshnámh [bucknau] ‘ford of stags’.

Background

The name of the townland of Buckna is recorded as Boughna in 1669 and as Buckna in 1780 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is Bocshnámh ‘ford of stags’. The ford may have been on the stream known as Glen Burn which forms the southern boundary of the townland. While the hamlet of Buckna Upper is in the townland of Buckna, the village of Buckna straddles the townlands of Ballynacaird, Ballyligpatrick and Tamybuck a short distance west of the townland.

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Boughna1669HMR Ant. 136
Buckna1780Lendrick Map
Bocnach ""hilly, abounding in knolls or hillocks""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B44 B91
Boc Snamha ""Swimming Ford of the Stags""1934Magill's Antrim 71
~Bocshnámh ""stag ford""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 30
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Racavan
Parish in 1851
Racavan
Townland
None
Place name ID
16586
Place name type
T