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.
ReferencesP. McKay, 2009
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Cros na Craoibhe ''Cross of the wide-spreading tree''
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E 19|
Cros na Craobhaí ""cross of the branchy place""
|2003||HMC replies HMCjun03|
|B.Crevan al Ballecrossnecreavin||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  lvi|
|Ballecrosnecraven||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xxxiii|
|Ballecrosnecrevin al Ballecrevin||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xliii|
|We find that B.Crevan and B.Crosnecrevan are one & the same||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  lv|
|Crosnecrevy||1659c||Census 1659 87|
|Crossnecreevey als Cargineveagh||1679||Montgomery MSS 268 n.37|
|Crossnacreevy||1745||Map of Down (OSNB) E 19|
|Crossnacreevy||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19|
|Crossnacreevy||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19|
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