Balloo, County Down
Ir. Baile Aodha [bala ee] ‘Hugh’s townland’.
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.
ReferencesMcKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 10; KM, 2009; revised PT, 2012
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|1834c||Luke Killen (OSNB) 36/56|
Baile Aodha "Hugh's townland"
|1999||Dict. Ulst. PN 10|
|Ballow||1605||Inq. Ult. (Down) $1 Jac. I|
|Ballow||1624||CPR Jas I 587a|
|Ballow (the Duffrin)||1624||CPR Jas I 587b|
|Balow||1625c||Raven Map Clandeboye 54,62,73|
|Balowe||1625c||Raven Map Clandeboye 57|
|Balowe||1645||Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I|
|Ballow||1659c||Census 1659 84|
|Ballow||1662||Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II|
|Ballow||1663||Sub. Roll Down 289|
|Balloo||1745||Map in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 36/56|
|Ballow||1830c||Grand Jury Pres. (OSNB) 36/56|
|Ballow||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) 36/56|
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