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Ballymartin, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhártain ‘Martin’s townland or holding’

Background

Ballymartin is on the coast of Strangford Lough, with Tullynakill townland to the north and Ballyministragh in Kilmood to the south.  This name is easy to translate as Baile Mhartáin ‘Martin’s townland or holding’, which, since this was church land in the Bishop’s manor of Ballydrain, may well refer to St. Martin.  However, from 1605 to 1661 there was an alternative spelling possibly indicating Baile Martanach,  ‘townland of people surnamed or dedicated to Martin’.  For the surname possibility, compare Ballynamagna in Dumballyroney, which may represent Baile na mBeagánach ‘townland of the Ó Beagáins’ (PNI vi 158)

References

K. Muhr, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballimertenagh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballymartin al. Ballmartynagh1617Inq. Ult. (Down) $6 Jac. I
Ballymartin al. Ballymartynagh1617CPR Jas I 327a
Ballymartyn1617Inq. Ult. (Down) $6 Jac. I
Ballymartyn al. Ballymartynagh1617Inq. Ult. (Down) $6 Jac. I
Ba:Martin1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 54
Ballimartine1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Ballymartine1659cCensus 1659 88
Ballemartennagh1661BSD 126
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Tullynakill
Parish in 1851
Tullynakill
Townland
None
Place name ID
12179
Place name type
T