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English nameKilwinning
Gaelic nameCill D’Fhinnein
Meaningchurch of St. Finian
Genitive formChill D’Fhinnein

Location and type of place name

LocationNorth Ayrshire
Local authorityNorth Ayrshire ~ Siorrachd Àir a Tuath
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaKA13
OS sheet number341
OS grid referenceNS296436
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG cill ~ cell, church; D'Fhinnein ~ poss. Brythonic form of Finian
Element typeperson, religion

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Language notes 
SourcesKilwinin 1202x07 Glas. Reg.
Kilwynnyn 1222 Dryb. Lib.
Kilwenyne 1222 Dryb. Lib.
Kilwynnyne 1222 Dryb. Lib.
Kylwynnyn 1222 Dryb. Lib.

Cill Dingeain 1963 V [see Nicolaisen 1963, 198]
Cill D'inne'ainn: Robertson

G cill + pn Finnan.

See Watson 1926, 165 and Nicolaisen 1963, 198-201 [Nicolaisen, W. F. H., 1963, ‘Notes and Comments on Scottish Place-Names: 21 Kilwinning’, Scottish Studies 7, 198-201].

See also Clancy 2001 ['the real St Ninian' Innes Review 52].

The Nicolaisen pronunciation was from Arran Gaelic-speakers; it is likely that Robertson's form gathered on Arran as well.
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