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Carnspindle, County Antrim

Origin

perhaps Ir. Carn ‘cairn’ + E. Spindle

Background

The first element in this townland name is carn ‘a heap, a cairn, a pile of stones’ (Dinneen). The element carn often makes reference to a stone-built mound, especially a burial monument (HDGP, 60). 

The element spíon ‘a thorn, a spiny or thorny shrub’ (Dinneen) is possible, however there is no obvious derivational suffix that would be expect to appear as -dle.

Spinéal ‘spinel’ is a gemstone but is not present in Ireland and is unlikely to appear in a place-name.

Carnspindle is the location of one of only two small corn mills in the parish which were propelled by water power in the form of a water wheel (OSM 10, 22-23). The second element in Carnspindle might then be the English element spindle in the mechanical sense of a rotating axis, in reference to the corn mill mentioned in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs.

 

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ramphinell1659cCensus 1659 9
Carnsprinell1669HMR Ant. 43
Carnspindle1780Lendrick Map
Carn Spinnil ""Cairn of the Sandbank""1934Magill's Antrim 76
Carn ""a heap"A17 A198J O'D (OSNB)
Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Island Magee
Parish in 1851
Island Magee
Townland
None
Place name ID
16806
Place name type
T