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Strangford, County Down

Origin

Old Norse Strangr Fjörðr ‘strong sea-inlet’

Background

At S entrance to Strangford Lough, 11km NE of Downpatrick

par: Ballyculter bar: Lecale Lower

The townlands and village of Strangford take their name from Strangford Lough, a long sea-inlet which separates the Ards Peninsula from the mainland. The element strangr ‘strong’ in the place-name refers to the strength of the currents in the narrow entrance to the lough, between Strangford and Portaferry. In 1549 the name of the townland is recorded as vill’ de Ballenpery als Strangford (Ex. Inq. 3 Ed. VI). Ballenpery seems to represent Irish Baile na Peireadh ‘townland of the ferry’. The Irish name of Strangford Lough is Loch Cuan ‘sea-inlet of bays/havens’ and the name is documented (in the Old Irish form Loch Cúan) as early as the year c.830 (Mart. Tal. 60). The village of Strangford is known in Irish as Baile Loch Cuan ‘town on Strangford Lough’.

References

McKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 137

Additional Information

T., 1851 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Stranforde

1570cNowel's Ire. (1)

of Strangford

1602CSP dom. 315

Strangford

1610Speed's Ulster

Strangford

1610cNorden's Map

Strangford

1612CPR Jas I 210b

Strangford

1657cHib. Reg.

Strangford

1672cHib. Del.

Strangford

1790Return Free. (DF) 12

Strangford

1832Reg. Free. (OSNB) E84

Strangford

1832Reg. Free. (OSNB) E84

Port abhus ""hither bank""

1834cOSNB: gen. sources E84

Portavuss (Local Irish name)

1834cOSNB: gen. sources E84

Baile Loch Cuan

1989GÉ 20

Baile Loch Cuan ""town on Strangford Lough""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 137
Ballenpery al. Strangford1549Ex. Inq. (Dn) 3 Ed. VI 18
Barony
Lecale Lower
Parish
Ballyculter
Parish in 1851
Ballyculter
Townland
Strangford Lower
Place name ID
12555
Place name type
M:V