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Connor, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Coinnire [konyira] ‘(wild-)dog oak-wood’.

Background

Village is 10kmN of Antrim town

bar: Antrim Lower

The Church of Ireland parish church of St Saviour’s in the townland of Connor marks the site of the early Christian church and of the medieval cathedral of the diocese of Connor. The name of the church is first recorded in 507AD which is given in the Annnals of Ulster as the year of the death of the patron of the diocese, Mac Nissi Condaire episcopi ‘MacNissi, bishop of Connor’ (AU MacAirt 60). However, the Annals of the Four Masters record the same event under the year 513AD (recte 514AD) and the latter is accepted as the true year of Saint MacNissi’s death. An explanation of the meaning of the name of the place-name Connor is found in a note in the 9th-century Martyrology of Oengus which remarks: ‘Condeire i. cuan-daire i. daire a mbítis cuana i. daire ann prius, et in eo lupi habitabant’ i.e. Condeire i.e. ‘wolf-oakwood, i.e. an oakwood in which wolves used to be, i.e. there was an oak wood there formerly and in this (wood) wolves lived’ (Fél. Oeng. Sep. 3n p.198). In the Papal Taxation of c.1306 the name of the church is recorded in a latinized form as Ecclesia de Coneria.The townland of Connor was one of the ‘sixteen towns of Connor’, i.e. one of sixteen townlands in the vicinity of the cathedral of Connor which were the property of the bishop of the diocese (O’Laverty iii 285).

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 46

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mc Macomer1610Speed's Ulster
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Connor
Parish in 1851
Connor
Townland
None
Place name ID
16928
Place name type
T