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Ballyhanwood, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. Baile Sheanóid ‘Henwood’s townland’

Background

This townland is the most northerly in the parish of Comber and is located on the outskirts of the town of Dundonald.  The name is remembered in the Hanwood Centre (Sports Centre) and Hanwood Business Park.   The name of the townland is recorded as Ballehenod in 1623. The final element of the place-name may be a gaelicised form of the English surname Henwood which derives from the name of the village of Henwood in Cornwall (from Old English henn ‘hen’ + wudu ‘wood’) (Hanks & Hodges 1988, 251).

References

P. McKay, 2009; revised PT

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Ballyhenoad1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyhawnenewde1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballehenoad1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballyhenod1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Ballyhonod1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Ballyhennod1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballyanwood1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ballyanwood1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ballyhanwood1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Hanwood''s Town1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11920
Place name type
T