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Aughintober, County Down


Ir. Achadh an Tobair  ‘field of the well’; earlier poss. Tulach Bhairr ‘the upper mound’


Aughintober once had a celebrated spa well (Cowan's Donaghmore 41) and it is probably from this that the townland derives its current name Achadh an Tobair ‘the field of the well’. The name Aughintober is of relatively late occurrence in our sources and it seems that the townland was formerly known as Bally tullyvar or Tullyvar et var. The order of names in some early lists frequently follows the geographical layout of the land fairly closely, usually proceeding in an anti-clockwise direction.  The name Tullyvar and its variants normally appear in our sources sandwiched between Moneymore, which lies to the north, and Aughnacaven, which adjoins it on the south, so that it is almost certainly the same place as the modern Aughintober.  This is confirmed somewhat by the appearance of the (misspelt) form Tullymore on the map of Upper Iveagh in Petty’s Hib. Reg. bounded on the north by Moneymore and on the south by Monneydrombrest.  The historical evidence clearly suggests a first element tulach ‘hill, mound’ and we might tentatively suggest an original Tulach Bhairr ‘mound of the top’ or, if we take the gen. as adjectival, ‘the upper mound’, but this is by no means certain.


Toner, G. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. I p. 90

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Achadh an Tobair

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 44

Ath an tobair, ''ford of the well or spring''

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 60

Ath an tobair

1834cOSNB Inf. 60

Achadh an Tobair ''The field of the well''

1914Cowan's Donaghmore 41

Achadh an Tobair

1950cMooney 1950c 69
(?)Ballitullvar1609CPR Jas I 395b
(?)Ballytullyvar1611CPR Jas I 197b
(?)Ballytullyvar1611CPR Jas I 197a
(?)Ballytullyvar1612CPR Jas I 235b
(?)Tollyvare1615CPR Jas I 274b
(?)Tallysoare1620CPR Jas I 479a
(?)Tullymore1672cHib. Del. Down
Aghantubber al. Aghantober1769Cowan's Donaghmore 62
Aughintuber1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 60
Ahantobber1831County Warrant (OSNB) 60
Aughintober1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 60
Aughintuber1834cWm. Little (OSNB) 60
[Augh-in-''tub-er]1834cOSNB: gen. sources 60
Iveagh Up., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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