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Moyadam, County Antrim

Origin

perhaps Ir. Maigh Doinn Donn’s plain’

Background

The name of the townland of Moyadam is represented as Maudone, the name of a church which is recorded in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas c.1306 (Eccles. Tax. 64). According to O’Laverty (iii 231) the site of the church was known as Kirk Field and is now in the townland of Ballybentragh which appears to have previously formed part of Moyadam. The origin of the place-name is uncertain . Its name is recorded as Ballimoyden in 1605 and as Ballymoyeden in 1621 and a tentative interpretation is Magh Doinn Donn’s plain’. Ó Corráin and Maguire (1981, 76) inform us: ‘The personal name Donn may mean either ‘dun, brown’ or ‘king, lord’. In Irish mythology Donn is the god of the dead and Tech Duinn ‘Donn’s house’ is the otherworld. In the later medieval period Donn was a popular name among the Maguires and the O’Kennedys. It was in use in Derry until the 19th century but is now obsolete’.

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Townland1669HMR Ant. 129
Moyadim1780Lendrick Map
~Magh Adhaimh ""Adam''s plain""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A2
Barony
Antrim Upper
Parish
Grange of Nilteen
Parish in 1851
Grange of Nilteen
Townland
None
Place name ID
18714
Place name type
T