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Mullan, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Mullán ‘hillock’

Background

This derives from the diminutive form of mullach,  mullán, which means ‘a hillock, heap’[1] In the north-western portion of the townland, there is a hill named Black Hill which rises to 70m, [2] and name the nearby hamlet of Blackhill may derive from this. Another townland with the name Mullan lies a short distance to the south-east in the parish of Kilrea. Mullán, as an unqualified place-name, is considerably more common in the northern half of Ireland, with only a handful of examples appearing in the southern half of Ireland, notably in Co. Wexford.[3]



[1]
eDIL s.v. mullán

[2] OSNI 1: 50,000, Sheet 8

[3] www.logainm.ie

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Ballynamullan1653cBishop. Der. i 245
Mullan1654Civ. Surv. iii 161
Mullan1654DS Par. Map (Munn) 14
Mullan1659cCensus 1659 144
(?)Mulley1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 63
Mullan1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Mullan1814Sampson (Munn) 14
~Mulan ""a heap or little hill""1832OSNB Inf. 93 B137
~Mullán ""little summit""1832J O'D (OSNB) 93 B137
~Mullan ""little summit..a dim. of mullach""1869Joyce i 393
~Mullan ""The little Summit or Hill""1925Joyce (Munn) 14, 1. 393
~An Mullán ""the hillock""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 25
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Aghadowey
Parish in 1851
Aghadowey
Townland
None
Place name ID
2077
Place name type
T