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Drumaconnell East, County Down

Origin

Ir. Droim Mhic Dhomhnaill ‘McConnell’s ridge’ + Eng. east

Background

The two small townlands of Drumnaconnell East and West south of Saintfield are not distinguished in the historical records, where Dromokonell, a half townland, was first mentioned in 1605 (CPR Jas I 73a).  This and contemporary Dromokonill, Dromkouill suggest Droim ‘ridge’ followed by a Gaelic surname in Ó, while references from 1612-1810 suggest a surname in Mac.  The 1620 Hamilton Patent says Ballidromaconnell is ‘in English called the 1/2 town of Ballidromachannell’ (Ham. Patent xxi – the intention seems to be to translate Balli-).  The most likely surname is Mac Dhomhnaill, a version of the Scottish surname established in north-east Antrim as MacDonnell.  In the variant here the initial D disappears when anglicised, leaving only the -c of mac.  There are no grounds for Luke Killen’s suggestion that the name includes tigh ‘house’, although this a feature of some townland names, for example Edenticullo in Hillsborough. The distinctive small hill which may have been Droim Mhic Dhomhnaill is now incorporated in Saintfield Parks.

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

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Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Saintfield
Parish in 1851
Saintfield
Townland
None
Place name ID
17660
Place name type
T