Research database containing information compiled as part of the Northern Ireland Place Name Project from 1987 onwards and based at Queen's University Belfast. The database consists of details recording all place-names and locations shown on the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map of Northern Ireland and the names of townlands, civil parishes and baronies for Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone found within. The database also contains historical spellings for each name recorded, with source reference and date, and a bibliography of place-name sources identified during the course of the Project (documents and maps). The database is currently being expanded to include information on landholders and family names connected with the places recorded; local government districts and Roman Catholic parishes; names shown only on large-scale maps, or from oral tradition; original language spellings and explanations of the meaning of each name; and a bibliography and meaning of individual place name elements.
The Northern Ireland Place Name Project Database is a particularly valuable resource for the study of language, geography and history. It includes details and information about the location, history and original language and meaning of Ulster place names and townlands. Earlier spellings provide information on the Ulster dialects of Irish, English and Scots. Name derivations may be based on topography, natural history, archaeology, history, local individuals and families, popular traditions and literature.
The database is stored on dBase III+ and comprises a core list of approx. 37,464 place-names (forms, townlands and other names), approx. 122,919 historical references (22,566 records for Antrim, 17,378 for Armagh, 23,156 for Down, 17,045 for Derry, 20,963 for Fermanagh, and 21,811 for Tyrone), and over 1,000 references to primary source material and numerous other secondary sources. [Statistics as of May 2002]
Entries continue to be added to the database.