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Ballyhenry Major, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Héinrí Mór ‘big Ballyhenry’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballyhenry Major is recorded as simply Ballyhenry in the Census of c.1659, while the smaller townland of Ballyhenry which borders it on the south is recorded as Ballyhenry lessor. The final element of the townland name is a gaelicised version of the English personal name Henry which was brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans.  It is more commonly gaelicised as Éinrí or Anraí.  There is a townland named Ballyhenry in the parish of Ardquin in the Ards Peninsula, the name of which is also derives from Baile Héinrí ‘Henry’s townland’ (PNI ii 29). There are also townlands named Ballyhenry in Cos Antrim, Kerry, Mayo and Tipperary and Wicklow as well as Ballyhenry East and West in Co. Derry.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

See also Ballyhenry Minor

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballyhenrie and Bally-Alton in the parish of Comber in the lower Clandeboy, the two towns or townlands of

1613 (deed of 1610)CPR Jas I 255a

Ballyhenry

1659cCensus 1659 87

Ballehendry(?)

1661BSD 121

Ballyhenry

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19

Ballyhenry

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19

Baile Einrí "Henry's town"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Ballyhenry More1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11957
Place name type
T