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Main, River, County Antrim


Ir. An Mhin [an vin] ‘the river/the water’.


Rises to the NW of Dunloy and flows into Lough Neagh at Mainwater Foot, 3.5km SSE of Randalstown

The name appears to ultimately go back to an Indo-European root meaning ‘water’. It also seems to be related to Mana, the O. Ir. name for the Isle of Man which in turn is connected with Manannán mac Lir the name of the god of the sea [Min (abann mor) c.1400].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 105

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~oc Rubu Mena 930AU (Mac Airt) 380
~Mena, occ Rubha0928AFM ii 624
~Min abann mor atá etir Dalaraide & Cenel n-Eogain1453Fél. Óeng. Sep 16n p208
Myn Water1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Mynewater1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Mynwater1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Owen Myn1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43
Owenmyn1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Mynwater1606CPR Jas I 93b,94a
Owen-Myn1606CPR Jas I 93a
Minewater1607CPR Jas I 114a
the Mayne Water1637Lodge Fairs & Markets 2
Mayne Water1655cCiv. Surv. x 65ab, 66b
Mayne water1655cCiv. Surv. x 64b
the Mayne Water1655cCiv. Surv. x 66ab,67a
the Mayne Water1655cCiv. Surv. x 54b
~Meana, eó1680cLCABuidhe 229 $36 l.89
~Meana, meighre1680cLCABuidhe 224 $35 l.123
~Meanam triath1680cLCABuidhe 143 $28 l.144
~Mena, meighre1680cLCABuidhe 219 $34 l.31
~Mheana, gég1680cLCABuidhe 183 $25 l.79
~Rubhe-Mena ""the point of Men, now Shanescastle1864Mart. Don. 251 n1
An Mhean1989GÉ 136
Toome Upper
Parish in 1851
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