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Whappstown, County Antrim

Origin

An English name

Background

An individual named James Whap is recorded as residing in the townland of Whappstown in 1669 (HMR Ant. 116) and it is clear that the place-name has its origin in the rare surname Whap(p) which appears to be derived from whaup, a Scots and North English word for the curlew (Concise Ulst. Dict.). An anglicised version of the original Irish name of the townland is found on William Petty’s map Hiberniae Delineatio of c.1672 where the name of the townland is recorded as Craginefernon which seems to represent Ir. Creag an Ifearnáin ‘rock of the place abounding in alders’.  Whappstown was one of the ‘sixteen towns of Connor’, i.e. the sixteen townlands in the vicinity of Connor cathedral which were the property of the bishop of the diocese (O’Laverty iii 285).

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Craganiffernan1657cDS (Par. Map) Connor
Whapes Town1669HMR Ant. 119
Craginefernon1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Whappstown1780Lendrick Map
Whapp, a family name1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B94 B43
whaups'' town "" town of curlews""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 11
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Connor
Parish in 1851
Connor
Townland
None
Place name ID
16932
Place name type
T