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Dundonald Parish, County Down

Origin

Ir. Dún Dónaill ‘Donald’s fort’

Background

The name of the church of Dundonald is (corruptly) recorded as Ecclesia de Dondafnald in the Papal Taxation of c.1306 (EA 17). It derives from Irish Dún Dónaill ‘Donald’s fort’, the fort in question being the well-preserved Norman motte in the middle of the town. The forename Dónall is of Gaelic origin and it is likely that the place was named from a pre-Norman fort, perhaps on the same site. The identity of the individual named Dónall who is commemorated in the place-name is not known.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

See also the town of Dundonald for historical forms of this name

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Dondonell1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 139
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Dundonald
Parish in 1851
Dundonald
Townland
None
Place name ID
17604
Place name type
P