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Killarn, County Down

Origin

Ir. Cill EarnáinEarnán’s church’

Background

The fact that Killarn is cited in ecclesiastical documents such as Terrier (Reeves) and the Ulster Visit. (Reeves) indicates that the first element is more likely to be cill ‘church’ than coill ‘wood’.  Moreover, writing in 1880, O’Laverty (ii 141) informs us that a field in this townland was known as The Chapel Field.  Allowing for certain changes which affected the name, the second element can be argued to have emanated from the gen. sing. of the Irish personal name Earnán and the name Killarn is likely to be a reduction from Cill Earnáin involving the loss of the final syllable of the original Irish version of the place-name.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 231

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balikelarmid1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballikillarnud1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Killarncid(?)1615Terrier (Reeves) 51
Killernoed, Capella de1622Ulster Visit. Reeves 49

Killemed

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliv
Killeman1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxi
Kilkernan1627CPR Chas I 229
(?)Killerned1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car I
(?)Ballykillariod1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car I
Ballykillarnid1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car I
Killerny1659Census 1659 94
Ballykilcarine als Killarne1675Montgomery MSS 268 n.35
Killarn1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 32
Killarn1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 32

Cill Athairne "Athairne's church"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 32
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Newtownards
Parish in 1851
Newtownards
Townland
None
Place name ID
6766
Place name type
T