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Ballywhiskin, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. Baile Uí Uiscín ‘Whiskin’s townland’

Background

The second element of Ballywhiskin is somewhat elusive.  It could be a corruption of either an English or Anglo-Norman surname but Whiskin, as it stands, does not appear to have existed as a surname.  One possibility is that it could be an anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó hUiscín ‘Heskin, Hoskins’; the problem with this suggestion is that Ó hUiscín is attested only as a Connacht surname (Woulfe 1923, 577) (see Ballyhaskin).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 188

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballywhiskan1707Reg. Deeds abstracts i $30
Whiskin1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballywhiskin1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballywhiskin1833High Const. Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Whiskin is an English surname1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
11897
Place name type
T