Ballymaconaghy, County Down
Ir. Baile Mhic Dhonnchaidh ‘MacConaghy’s townland’.
The surname Mac Dhonnchaidh is normally associated with Scotland and can be anglicized MacConkey or Duncan. It is particularly common in Perthshire where the MacConnachies are a branch of Clan Robertson, a surname which is also very common in east Ulster. However, the name Mac Dhonnchaidh in this place-name is not necessarily connected with Scotland as the personal name Donnchadh was a common name in Ireland and there is no reason why there should not be a native Irish surname based on it cf. Mac Donnchaidh (anglicized Donaghy) and Mac Donnchadha (anglicized McDonagh). The townland is bisected by the Knock dual carriageway, east of the Saintfield Road on the outskirts of Belfast. There is another townland named Ballymaconaghy near Newry (PNI i 61) and a subdivision of the townland of Ballykeel in the parish of Seapatrick was known as Edenoconchy (Ir. Éadan Mhic Dhonnchaidh ‘MacConaghy’s hill brow’) (PNI vi 307).
ReferencesP. McKay, 2009
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Baile Meg Conchaidh ""town of Maconaghy""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E 124|
Baile-Mic-Dhonchadha, Mc Donoghy''s town...''
|1913||Joyce iii 104|
Baile Mhic Dhonnchaidh ""Mac Dhonnchaidh''s townland
|1991||NIPNP posters Belfast|
Baile Mhic Dhonnchaidh ""Mac Donnchaidh''s townland
|2001||NIPNP replies PMcK/KH|
|(?)B. M''Clonghee||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  lv|
|B.M''Cenoghie||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  lvi|
|Balle Mc Conoghie||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xl|
|Balle-M''Conkey||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xliii|
|Balle-M''Conoghie||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xxxiii|
|Ballymaccannoghie||1632||Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I|
|Ballymacconaghie||1640||Inq. Ult. (Down) $86 Car. I|
|Bally Mc Connoghy||1659c||Census 1659 88|
|Ballemcc Connoghy||1661||BSD 123|
|Ballym''Conaghy||1663||Sub. Roll Down 285|
|Ballymakconnachy||1716||Reg. Deeds abstracts i $146|
|Ballymacconaghy||1745||Map of Down (OSNB) E 124|
|Ballymacconaghy||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124|
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