An Uaimh
genitive: na hUaimhe
validated name
(Irish)
Navan
(English)

Glossary

uaimh, óin, ón
English cave, souterrain

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    the cave (? < Odhbha, nach léir brí dó)
    Tá de chosúlacht idir An Uaimh agus B, PO Ceanannas (q.v.) gur athraíodh an t-ainm Béarla a bhí ar an dá bhaile i dtosach an 20ú haois. Is amhlaidh a cuireadh An Uaimh in ionad Navan sa bhliain 1922. Cuireadh Navan ar ais i 1970. Dealraíonn sé, óna bhfuil scríofa ag Diarmuid Ó Murchadha in alt dar teideal ‘Odhbha and Navan’ san irisleabhar Ríocht na Mídhe (1992–3), gur as an sean-logainm Odhbha a tháinig An Uaimh. Seo achoimre Uí Mhurchadha ar éirim na haiste s’aigesean:

    The moat near Navan was originally a prehistoric burial mound called Odhbha. In early Christian times it was used as a fortified residence by local Gaelic tribes and from the ninth century occasionally by Vikings. The Normans made it into a motte and bailey fortification in 1176. A 12th century monastery built near it adopted its name, (n)Odhbha(n), as Novan, and this became the recognised name of the nearby town in Latin and English, changing to Navan in the 16th century. Speakers of Irish replaced Odhbha with a slightly different word, *An Uamha* or *An Uaimh*.

Centrepoint

53.6478, -6.68448 latitude, longitude
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Properties

PO There is or was once a post office here

Historical references

1598
Navan
91
Descr. Ir.
1598
the Novan
(Gluais) Navan — Bishop of Meath, Baron of the Novan, Js. Dillon of Moymet, Rob. Rochfort of Kilbrid, Alex. Evers of Rathtain, Rd Bellew of Bellewestown, Jn. Waffer of Gainstown, Js. Warren of Philpottstown, Js. Hill of Allenstown, Jn. Eustace of Lescartan, Rd. Misset of the same, Geo. Cusake of Rathallrone, Chr. Netterville of Black Castle, Descript. Ir. 94
Descr. Ir.
1600
the Navan
Pardon to Tho. Warren, of the Navan, gent. Rich. O Hone, his servant. F 6394
F
1630
Nauan
Proclamations
1715c
Nuadh-Átha
Stair Éamuinn Uí Chléire Leathanach: 31
1728
nuadhAth
KIL 20 Leathanach: 136
1728
don Nuadhath
KIL 20 Leathanach: 147
1836
Nuadh-Áth
[Baile Átha Troim, Baile Átha Buí, Cill Dealga, srl.]
LSO (Mí) Leathanach: 240
1836
An Uaimh
[Maigh nEalta, An Obair & baile na hUaimhe féin]
LSO (Mí) Leathanach: 240
1891
’Nuaimh (nooav), ‘Navan’
[Maigh nEalta (Mí)]
Iris. na G. Imleabhar: IV, Leathanach: 76
1891
Aonach an Uaimh (eená in ooav), ‘the fair of Navan’
[Maigh nEalta (Mí)]
Iris. na G. Imleabhar: IV, Leathanach: 76
1901
Nuaimh
[Ó Méith (Lú)]
Iris. na G.
1922
An Uaigh, gen. na hUaighe
[Fearnaigh (Mu)]
Laoide
1922
An Uaimh, gen. na hUaimhe
[Fearnaigh (Mu)]
Laoide
2011
ˈnaːvn̩
(Fear as Edenburt (Ca))
Áit. Cainteoir: 3, Uimhir : T01

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