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Crossmakeever, County Derry

Origin

Crois Mhic Íomhair ‘MacKeever’s cross’

Background

 

The initial element cros has been discussed elsewhere, and it would appear that the final element of this name is derived from the surname Mhic Íomhair. The Anglicised version MacKeever is still common in Co. Derry, and it is derived from the name Íomhar, a gaelicised version of the Norse personal name Ivarr. The surname also appears as MacIvor, a form of the and this is found in both Derry and Tyrone as well as in Scotland.[1]  As is this case with  Crosscanley, there is no archaeological or historical evidence of a cross in the area, so this may refer to a crossroads. Munn’s curious suggestion that the original Irish form of the surname MacKeever or MacIvor is Mac Muiregain was clearly made in error. The surname McKeever can also be seen in Ballymakeever, Co. Derry (Ir. Baile Mhic Íomhair ‘McKeever’s place’); Dunmakeever, Co. Cavan (Ir. Dún Mhic Íomhair ‘McKeever’s Fort’) and Drumageever, Co. Fermanagh (Ir. Droim Mhic Íomhair ‘McKeever’s ridge’)[2]

 



[1]
Bell, Robert, The Book of Ulster Surnames, 169

[2] www.placenamesni.org

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cros mc Ever1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 305
CrossmcCor1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 156
Crosmakever1654Civ. Surv. iii 151
Crossmitkerer1659cCensus 1659 144
Crossmackiver1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 62
Crosmakeever1814Sampson (Munn) 9
~Cros Mic Iomhair ""McKeever''s Cross""1832J O'D (OSNB) 93 B137
~Cros mac Iobhair ""Cross of McEever""1832OSNB Inf. 93 B137
~""Makeever''s or MacIvor''s cross""1875Joyce ii 136
Cros-mac-Muireagain ""Cross of the Mackeevers""1925Joyce (Munn) 9, 2 136
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Aghadowey
Parish in 1851
Aghadowey
Townland
None
Place name ID
2153
Place name type
T