The Secrets of Placenames in St Johnston and Carrigans
When the townlands of the parish first got their names, they undoubtedly got them because of some physical feature that was to be seen.
Carrickmore – big rock
Carrigans – Small Rock
Castletown – A castle or more likely a fort was there once
Clashygowan – Sandpit
Craighadoes – Modern version of Craighadooish which means coarse pasture. Clearly at the time it got its name, it was running wild and needed a lot of work.
Cuttymonhill – formerly Cuttermore Hill. This seems to mean a cluster of small houses.
Imlick – land on the edge of a lake
Kinnically – Height with woods on it
Lettergull – a Hillside that is very steep
Maymore – Big plain
Molenan – Mill
Moness – Long Bogland
Mongavlin – plain
Monreagh – plain
Rateen – little fort
Steravage – Habitation of Danes called Vage
Tubberslane – of the well with healing water
Tullyowen – Owen’s Ridge
Some townlands such as Whitehill are a little hard to explain. There is a height there but no hill and the white can only be explained by it getting its name during a snowfall.