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Ballyrainey, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile na Raithní ‘townland of the ferns or bracken’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballyrainey is first recorded in 1612 (Ballineranie) and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is Baile na Raithní ‘townland of the ferns or bracken’. The element raithneach ‘ferns, bracken’ is fairly common in place-names. It forms the final element of the name of the townland of Lisrenny in Co. Louth (Lios Raithní ‘fort of the ferns or bracken’, LL. Log. Lú 16) and of Tavnaghranny (Ir. Tamhnach Raithní ‘field of the ferns or bracken’) in the parish of Grange of Layd in Co. Antrim. In the variant form raithean it forms the final element of Cúil Raithin ‘corner of ferns or bracken’ which is the original Irish form of the name of the town of Coleraine in Co. Derry.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Raithnighe

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 38
Ballineranie1612CPR Jas I 236a
Ballineraine1620Ham. Patent [1620] xxi
Ballenerany1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
(?)Neravy1630Ham. Patent [1630] xii
Ballenarany, or Ballererain1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Ballyrennie1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballyrany1661BSD 125
Ballyreiney1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyreiney1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyreiney1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyreiney1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyrainey1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyrainey1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Dundonald
Parish in 1851
Dundonald
Townland
None
Place name ID
11922
Place name type
T