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Larne, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Latharna [laharna] ‘descendants of Lathar’.

Background

Town is on E Antrim coast, 6km N of Carrickfergus

bar: Glenarm Upper/Belfast Lower

According to legend, Lathar was one of the twenty-five children of Úgaine Mór, a pre-Christian king of Ireland. In the early historical period Latharna was a subkingdom of Ulster and it is only in fairly recent times that the name has been used for the parish and town of Larne. The southern portion of the town is in the parish of INVER, barony of BELFAST LOWER[(i) l-Latharnu c.1160].

References

Additional Information

T., Larne portion (Td Index 1851); Mun. Boro. 1961

Historical name form

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Barony
Glenarm Upper
Parish
Larne
Parish in 1851
Larne
Townland
None
Place name ID
16730
Place name type
M:V:Y