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Bovevagh, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Boith Mhéabha [boh veyva] ‘Maeve’s hut/monastic cell’.

Background

(sometimes Boveva)

Townland is 5km NW of Dungiven

bar: Keenaght

In this case the ‘hut’ or ‘monastic cell’ seems to have been on the site of the former parish church of Bovevagh, the ruins of which are close to the confluence of the BOVEVAGH RIVER with the ALTAHULLION BURN. In Irish mythology Medb (Mod. Ir. Méabh)was the goddess of sovereignty but in this case she has clearly been ‘christianised’. The name was formerly very common and has latterly become popular in the anglicised form Maeve [(derteach)Bothe Medba 1100].

References

McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.28;

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Bovevagh
Parish in 1851
Bovevagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
710
Place name type
T