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Derrykeighan Parish, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Doire Chaocháin [dirra kheeghine] ‘Caochán’s oak-wood’.

Background

Village is 7.5km N of Ballymoney

bar: Dunluce Lower

The personal name Caochán signifies ‘purblind/dim-sighted’. The site of the medieval parish church, and also of an early church, is marked by the ruins of a later church in the village [(o) Daire Chaechain c.800].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 55

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cluainte Fionnain ""Finians'' Meadows""1934Magill's Antrim 78
Barony
Dunluce Lower
Parish
Derrykeighan
Parish in 1851
Derrykeighan
Townland
None
Place name ID
18918
Place name type
P