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Crossnacreevy, County Down

Origin

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

Background

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.

References

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
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
10640
Place name type
T