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Keentagh, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. An Caointeach ‘fair house’

Background

Joyce (ii 318-9) discusses caonach ‘moss’ and other derivative forms in names such as Keenaghan and Keenoge, but there is no mention of a derivative caointeach ‘mossy (area)’.  Another suggestion might be Caointeach ‘fair house’, from caoin ‘fair’ + teach ‘house’, but the name Keentagh poses interpretative difficulties.

References

Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 130

Additional Information

N.B. reassigned from Witter to Ballyphilip

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballynekyntyny1571Fiants Eliz. $2090
Kyntagh, John or Gilduff Fitz Symon of1578Fiants Eliz. $3401
?Kentonges1620Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Jac. I
Kintagh1620Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Jac.I
Quintagh, the half towne of1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxv
Kintagh1624Inq. Ult. (Down) $14 Jac.I
Kintagh1637cSav. Ulst. 373
Quintagh1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car.I
Kintagh and Carrowdressagh1659Census 1659 91
Kintagh1661BSD
Keentagh1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E.34
Keentagh1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E.34
Kintagh1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) E.34
Cinn teach ""head or hill of the houses""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E.34
Keentagh1834cMr Nugent (OSNB) E.34
~Cinn Teach ""Head or Hill of the Houses""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E.34
Caointeach (as PNI), more likely meaning ""mossy a2001HMC replies HMCsep01
Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Ballyphilip
Parish in 1851
Witter
Townland
None
Place name ID
17349
Place name type
T