>Would someone please enlighten me as to what the official status of the
>name of Derry is?
My understanding is that the county is officially "Londonderry" and the
However nationalists will tend to refer to both as "Derry" and I've
noticed the opposite tendency in unionists and British articles.
Though the two groups above split on religious lines now, in the
18th and 19th centuries it wasn't so clear. My Ulster Scots
ancestors who came state side in the 17 and 18 hundreds, called both
"Derry". If you check a map of Western PA, you'll find many more "Derry's"
than "Londonderrys". A unionist friend said that some of the very old
regalia of Orangism does display the term "Derry", a phenomena his
mother could not explain. I think increased politizing of the name may
account for it.
A lady in Derry told me that she once found a signpost in New England
somewhere that indicated "Derry" lay in one direction and "Londonderry"
in the other. She almost died laughing.
My own opinion is it doesn't matter what we call it; it's not important
unless you are in NI.