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Whiteabbey, County Antrim



Forms a district of Newtownabbey, 9km N of Belfast city centre

par: Carnmoney bar: Belfast Lower

Whiteabbey takes its name from a 13th-century abbey of the Premonstratention Order (popularly known as the ‘White Canons’), the ruins of which were in the south of the townland close to the present Whiteabbey Hospital but were removed in 1926. The E. name may be a translation of the Ir. name Mainistir Fhionn [manishcher inn] ‘white monastery’. An earlier name for the abbey was Druim La Croix, a hybrid of Ir. and French, signifying ‘ridge (of) the cross’. Whiteabbey was one of the seven villages which went to make up the new town of Newtownabbey in 1958 and has provided the final element of the name of the town [White-Abbey, in Irish Mainistir Fhionn c.1700].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 146;

Additional Information

T., spelt White Abbey 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
the White Abbay1604CPR Jas I 49a
the White Abbey1604CPR Jas I 49a
Whitabbay1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 47
Whitabbey1608CPR Jas I 120b
White Abb1610Speed's Ulster
White Abbey1621CPR Jas I 523b
the White abbye1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
white abbey1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
White-Abbey, in Irish Mainistir fhionn1700cMacCana's Itinerary 58
Whiteabby1780Lendrick Map
~An Mhainistir Fhionn1989GÉ 282
~An Mhainistir Fhionn1989GÉ 282
Druim La Croix ""a hybrid of Ir. and F. signifying 1999Dict. Ulst. PN 146
~Mainistir Fhionn ""white monastery""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 146
Belfast Lower
Parish in 1851
White Abbey
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