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Crossnacreevy, County Down


Ir. Cros na Craoibhe ‘cross of the branch or tree’


The name of the townland of Crossnacreevy is recorded as B.Crevan al. Ballecrossnecreavin in 1623. However, the final -n in these spellings seems to be a scribal error and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name appears to be Cros na Craoibhe ‘cross of the branch or tree’. The element cros in place-names most often refers to a cross which was associated with a church or which was erected to commemorate a religious event though sometimes it can refer to a crossroads or to a place in transverse position (Joyce i 327). In the case of Crossnacreevy there is no evidence of a cross in the townland and the element cros may refer to a crossroads, perhaps to Merryland Crossroads in the south-east corner.


P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Cros na Craoibhe ''Cross of the wide-spreading tree''

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19

Cros na Craobhaí ""cross of the branchy place""

2003HMC replies HMCjun03
B.Crevan al Ballecrossnecreavin1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lvi
Ballecrosnecraven1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballecrosnecrevin al Ballecrevin1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
We find that B.Crevan and B.Crosnecrevan are one & the same1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Crosnecrevy1659cCensus 1659 87
Crossnecreevey als Cargineveagh1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Crossnacreevy1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Crossnacreevy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Crossnacreevy1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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