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Killeaton, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Cill Etain ‘Etan’s wood’

Background

The anglicised form kill- in place-names is usually derived from either cill ‘church’, or coill ‘wood’. There is no evidence for a church having previously existed in the townland, which makes coill ‘wood’ more likely. The qualifying element in this name is most likely to be a personal name, which, in the form assigned to John O’Donovan is Eatan. The Irish name Etan is the name of Cúchulainn’s choice of mistress in the saga literature. Another Etan was daughter of Dian Cécht, the Irish god of healing, and there was also a lady of the Fianna who was called Etan (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 90). There is a townland named Killeatin in Co. Tipperary, the derivation of which remains unclear (logainm.ie).

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Ballietan1604CPR Jas I 49a
Killietar1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 48
Killietan1608CPR Jas I 120a
(?)Ballietan1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Killietan1621CPR Jas I 523a
Killieton1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Killetin1625Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $1
Ballykilleaten1630Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $8
Killotin Towneland1659cCensus 1659 9
(?)Killetey1669HMR Ant. 22
Killyeaton1780Lendrick Map
~Coill Eatain ""Eaton''s wood""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A25
Barony
Belfast Upper
Parish
Derryaghy
Parish in 1851
Derryaghy
Townland
None
Place name ID
18464
Place name type
T