Modern Nobility in Dalriada

The following have been the noble families in Antrim, in modern times:—The viscounts O'Neill; Chichester, earls of Belfast, and marquises of Donegal; earl MacCartney, baron of Lisanoure; Clotworthy, and Skeffington, earls of Massareene; and Vaughan, barons of Lisburn.

Antrim was formed into a county in the reign of King Edward the Second; and took its name from the chief town, in Irish Aendruim, which is said to signify the "Handsome Hill:" from "Aen" or "Aon," excellent, and "druim," a hill. It is Latinized "Aendromia" and "Antrumnia."