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Ballymorran, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Morainn ‘St. Morann’s townland’

Background

Ballymorran lies east of Killinchy (church) townland, on the shore of Strangford Lough.  The personal name Morand is well-known in early Irish literature from a legendary druid or judge who was credited with a list of maxims advising how a king should rule properly.  No doubt because of this association with ‘natural’ wisdom, Morand, later spelled Morann, was also used by Christian clerics such as Morand, bishop of Nendrum who died in AD 684 and Morann mac Indrechtaig, abbot of Clogher, who died in AD 842 (AI).  The monastery of Nendrum on Mahee Island is a short distance to the north of Ballymorran, and it seems likely that Ballymorran is named from the 7th-century bishop, especially as his name also appears in the full name of the parish of Kilmore ‘big church of Morann’ a few miles inland.

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Uí Mhóráin

1834cLuke Killen (OSNB) 36/56
Balimoran1210EA 170n
Ballyomeran1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $1 Jac. I
Ballymarran otherwise Ballymeran1624CPR Jas I 587b
Balle Marron1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 55,58
Balleomeran al. Balleneran1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
(?)Ballekillmoremarren1661BSD 120
Ballemurran1661BSD 63
Balleomeran & Balleneran1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Ballymaron1663Sub. Roll Down 289
Ballymorran1745Map in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 36/56
Ballymorran1810Wm. Map (OSNB) 36/56
Barony
Dufferin
Parish
Killinchy
Parish in 1851
Killinchy
Townland
None
Place name ID
12243
Place name type
T