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Balloo, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Aodha [bala ee] ‘Hugh’s townland’.

Background

1km W of Killinchy

par: Killinchy bar: Dufferin

Balloo is bordered on the north by the Blackwater river. The name is probably Baile ‘townland , settlement’ plus an Irish personal name, of which Aodh, often translated Hugh, is the best known which fits phonetically.  Indeed the O’Neills of Clandeboy were called after an ancestor called Aodh Buí ‘yellow-haired Hugh’. An alternative suggestion Béal Abha ‘river mouth’ would not reflect the topography. 

There are five other Irish townlands named Balloo, including Balloo and Balloo Lower in the parish of Bangor.

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 10; KM, 2009; revised PT, 2012

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Lúgha

1834cLuke Killen (OSNB) 36/56

Baile Aodha "Hugh's townland"

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 10
Ballow1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $1 Jac. I
Ballow1624CPR Jas I 587a
Ballow (the Duffrin)1624CPR Jas I 587b
Balow1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 54,62,73
Balowe1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 57
Balowe1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ballow1659cCensus 1659 84
(?)Ballone1661BSD 63
Ballow1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Ballow1663Sub. Roll Down 289
Balloo1745Map in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 36/56
Ballow1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 36/56
Ballow1830cGrand Jury Pres. (OSNB) 36/56
Barony
Dufferin
Parish
Killinchy
Parish in 1851
Killinchy
Townland
None
Place name ID
12240
Place name type
T