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Ballyrussell, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Ruiséil ‘Russell’s townland’

Background

The surname Russell (gaelicised Ruiséil) is found throughout Ireland. It may be of Norman, English, Scottish or Huguenot origin and in all cases it is a pet or diminutive form of the Old French personal name Rous, meaning ‘red(-haired)’. It is most numerous in Ulster where the majority of Russells are probably descended from post-Plantation families. However, it is quite likely that Ballyrussell is named from a Norman family, since an Osberto Russell came to Co. Down with de Courcy in 1177 (see Bell 1988, 225). There is another townland named Ballyrussell in the south Down  parish of Clonallan (PNI i 63), a townland named Russells Quarter just outside Downpatrick in the parish of Down and townlands named Russells Quarter North and South in the adjoining parish of Saul.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balliristell1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballirustell1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
(?)Balleristoll1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Balleristoll1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlv
Ballerustell1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Balleristoll1630Ham. Patent [1630] xii
Ballrestoll1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Balleristoll1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ballyrussel1745OSNB: gen. sources E 19
Ballyrussell1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Russell''s Town1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11962
Place name type
T