Miller Hill, County Down
Eng. miller + hill
The name of this townland does not appear to be recorded prior to the Ordnance Survey Name Book in c.1830. It would seem likely, therefore, that this is a relatively late name coined by English speakers which replaced an earlier name. It should be borne in mind, however, that Miller Hill may be a translation of an earlier Irish name, especially if the forms for Millisle (also in this parish) which seem to represent Baile an Mhuilinn, ‘town of the mill’ are authentic. However, there is no trace of an anglicized Irish form for Miller Hill in the historical sources.
Alternatively, it may be a name that was newly created in English or imported by English speakers. There are two instances of Miller Hill in Cumbria (near Bootle, near Brampton) and a third on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
ReferencesHannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 194; with additions PT, 2012.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Millar Hill||1830c||Tythes Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24|
|Miller Hill||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24|
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