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Aughnahoory, County Down


Ir. Áth na hÚraí ‘ford on the river Úrach


This name of the townland of Aughnahoory derives from one of the many fords on the river Úrach, the ancient name of the Kilkeel River.  The local Irish form, Achadh na huraigha was recorded by John O’Donovan in his map of the area in 1834 and the earlier suggestion in the OSNB, Achadh na hiubhraighe ‘field of the yew’ can be dismissed. Joyce’s suggestion, Ath-na-huidhre ‘the ford of the brown cow’ can also be rejected as being totally without foundation. The earliest spellings, e.g. Aghnyowryn (1540)suggest that there was an older and quite different name, but what that name might originally have been is difficult to say. 


info. from Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 18

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Aghnyowryn1540Rentals & Surveys Down 76
Aghnoyworne1552CPR Ed. VI iv 389
Aghamoyworne1607CPR Jas I 495a
Aghunoyworne1607CPR Jas I 103a
Aghanahony al. Aghwiworne1613CPR Jas I 247a
Aghanaherry al. Aghvoyworne1625cInq. Ult. (Down) $15 Jac. I
Aghnahury1659cCensus 1659 83
Aghnahurry1661BSD 131
Aghenury1663Sub. Roll Down 279
Aughnihury1688Rent Roll Morne 3
Aughahoory1767Ir. Wills Index iv 169
Aughnahorey1772Ir. Wills Index iv 166
Aughnahoory1773Ir. Wills Index iv 166
Aughnahorey1773Ir. Wills Index iv 166
Aughnehoory1792Ir. Wills Index iv 168
Aughnahoory1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E206
Aughnahoorey1818Ir. Wills Index iv 166
Aughnahory1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E206
~Ath na huraigha1834OSL map
~Achadh na hiubhraighe ""Field of the yew""1834cOSNB: gen. sources E206
~Ath-na-huidhre ""the ford of the brown cow""1913Joyce iii 55
Parish in 1851
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