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Roddans, County Down


Ir. perhaps Baile Rodanaí 'townland of the seaweed; boggy area'


Early 17th-century spellings such as Ballyrodiny would not support an original element RodánDIL has rota ‘bog-water, bog stuff > bog, marsh’, a form which would be spelt roda in the modern language.  When one considers ‘a long red bog’ near to Portavogie in Descr. Ards 41, then one might propose Rodanaigh, an oblique case of Rodanach ‘boggy area’ as a possibility (i.e. rod + suffix -annach, or even a compound of rod(a) plus eanach ‘bog’).  Alternatively, the proximity of Roddans to the coast may allow the consideration of the word rod listed by Dinneen as ‘a variety of seaweed thrown up on the sand’ (which corresponds to Dwelly's ròd ‘quantity of seaweed thrown up on the shore’).  Thus one might suggest Baile Rodanaí ‘townland of the seaweed’. 


Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 109

Additional Information

N. B. reassigned from St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert to Inishargy

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Uí Ródain `Roddan''s or Reddins town''

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E174
Ballerodine1604CPR Jas I 39a
Ballirodiny1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyrodiny1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballyrodeny1608Grant Jas I (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Rodin1613Ulst. Roll Gaol Deliv. 263
Rodine1613Ulst. Roll Gaol Deliv. 263
Rodony, Michael Cragg of1613Ulst. Roll Gaol Deliv. 262
the Redene1617CPR Jas I 326a
Balle-Rodine1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Ballekodony1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballerodony1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlvi
Ballerodony1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Roddins1659cCensus 1659 92
Roddinny1661BSD 89
Roddins1681Ham. Copy Rental 108
Roddens1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Roddens1830cTythes Applot. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Roddens1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Rodens1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Ards Upper
Parish in 1851
St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert
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