County Antrim, County Antrim
Ir. Aontroim ‘single ridge’; earlier OIr. Oentreb ‘single house/habitation’
The county of Antrim derives its name from the county town. The name also applies to a parish and two baronies. The original name of Antrim was OIr. Oentreb ‘single house/habitation’ (of which the modern Irish form would be Aontreibh), referring to an early monastery, the site of which is a little to the north of the modern town and is marked by a round tower locally known as The Steeple. The name was later reinterpreted as Aontroim ‘single ridge’ and this is now the accepted Ir. form of the name.
ReferencesMcKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 5.
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