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Antiville, County Antrim

Origin

Of uncertain origin

Background

The first component of this name might be an tigh ‘the house’, modified by another element, possibly in the form An Tigh Bhéil , featuring beal ‘mouth’ which can be interpreted as ‘opening’, ‘approach’ or ‘access’ in place-names. Such a name might mean ‘house of the opening/approach/access’. The element beathúil ‘nourishing’ might appear in the form An Tigh Bheathúil ‘the nourishing house’. The second element beithil of the townland name Baile Bheithil (Ballyveal, Co. Carlow) might derive the anglicised form -ville, however, the meaning of Baile Bheithil is unclear (logainm.ie).

A second possibility is that the second element of this name begins with a vowel, prefixed with t- as is seen in Tinal, Co. Kerry (An t-inneall ‘the engine’). In this townland, the element might be íbhil ‘evil’ (in reference to scrofula, a form of tuberculosis), in the form An t-íbhil although this is unlikely.

It also remains possible that some of the name has origins outside Irish. The final component, appearing as -ville is an element that features commonly in place names as in Greenville in Co. Antrim and Echlinville Co. Down and is derived from French/Latin ville, ‘city or town’.

Confirmation of any of the above forms would be aided with information on stress patterns from local pronunciation of the modern name. This is currently unavailable.

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Antiville1657cHib. Reg. Glenarm
Antiville1780Lendrick Map
""Fancy Name""1833J O'D (OSNB) 27 B118
An Tigh Bhile ""The House of the Old Tree""1934Magill's Antrim 64
Antiville - ""name not understood""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Barony
Glenarm Upper
Parish
Larne
Parish in 1851
Larne
Townland
None
Place name ID
18612
Place name type
T