Brickkilns, County Derry
perhaps E. Brick Kilns
A previous proposal involves analysing this place-name as a hybrid form, with the first element deriving from Irish breac, a root element meaning ‘speckled’, and the English word ‘kiln’, although no similar name is attested anywhere else in Ireland.
The interpretation of the latter appears to be correct, as the OS 6” map of 1832 indicates a quarry in the townland. One possibility is that the entire name is of English origin, and perhaps the first element is simply ‘brick’, and ‘brick kiln’ refers to a kiln in which bricks are baked or burned.
The 1613 form Brehime might then be a corruption of the name of the adjacent townland of Prehen.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|(?)Brehime||1613||Charter of Londonderry 389|
|~Brickkilns and Prehen||1830||OSNB 93 C1|
|~Breac-kilns ""The speckled kilns""||1925||Joyce (Munn) 89,3.149|
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