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Ballystockart, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Stocair ‘Stocker’s or Stockard’s townland’

Background

Ballystockart is recorded as Ballestoker in 1623 and as Ballystoker in c.1650 and the final element of the name of the townland appears to be a gaelicised form of the English surname Stocker which means ‘dweller by the stump(s)’ (Reaney 1958, 308). It was no doubt brought to this area by the Anglo-Normans.  The surname Stockard which is attested in the Belfast area (de Bhulbh 1997, 355) and which is suggested by the modern form of the place-name appears to be a variant of Stocker.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballistockereh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballistockereh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyscockereh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac 1
Ballestoker1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Ballestoker1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballestoker1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Ballystoker1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car 1
Ballystockart1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballestoker1661BSD 120
Ballystockard1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Ballystockart1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ballystockart1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ballystockard1834cOSNB: gen. sources E 19
Stockart''s Town1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11965
Place name type
T