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Ballynichol, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Niocail ‘Nichol’s townland’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballynichol is recorded as Ba.Nickall in 1625-6, as Ballenicall in 1630 and as Ballynickle in 1745.  There is another townland named Ballynichol in the parish of Ballytrustan outside Portaferry, the name of which is recorded as Nicholstoun in 1333. This name was later gaelicised as Baile Niocail ‘Nichol’s townland’ (PNI ii 59) and it is quite likely that townland of Ballynichol in the parish of Comber was also known as Nicholstown in the Anglo-Norman period, later gaelicised as Baile Niocail and anglicised as Ballynichol.  The forename Nichol represents a form of the Latin personal name Nicolaus and was brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans with whom it was extremely popular (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 146). 

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Niocoil ""Nichol''s town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Ballenicall1630Ham. Patent [1630] xii
Ballenicoll1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
(?)Ballynuoll1659cCensus 1659 86
Ballynickole1722Reg. Deeds abstracts i $304
Ballynickle1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ballynickle1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ballynickle1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Ballynickel1834cOSNB: gen. sources E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
12060
Place name type
T