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Ardquin Parish, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. Ard Choinn ‘Conn’s height’

Background

Ardquin is the name of a townland and of this parish in which it is situated. O’Donovan (OSNB), Reeves (EA 21-2, n. p), Ewart (1866: 38), Knox (Knox Hist 465) and Joyce (iii 47) all opt for Ard Chuinn ‘Con’s height/hill’, a meaning certainly supported by the modern form Ardquin although some of the early forms pose problems for such an interpretation.  Indeed the early spellings of this name can be difficult to distinguish from Ardkeen. Harris (Harris Hist. 47) suggested: ‘Ardquin, the name of this place, is a corrupted Word from Ard-Cuan, signifying a Heighth over the Lough of Strangford, formerly called Lough-Cuan, and the situation of the place corresponds herewith’. O’Laverty suggests a connection between Ardquin and St Cú Mhaighe (Saint Cooey), a form which would presumably have resembled Ard Con (from Ard Con Maighe), but again the early recorded spellings pose difficulty for this imaginative suggestion.

References

Hughes, A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 27

Additional Information

See townland of Ardquin for historical forms of this name.

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Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Ardquin
Parish in 1851
Ardquin
Townland
None
Place name ID
35122
Place name type
P