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Ballygobbin, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Ghobáin Gobán’s townland’ 

Background

The name of the townland of Ballygobbin is recorded as Balligobane c.1657, as Ballegaben c.1659 and as B:gabbin in 1780 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is Baile Ghobáin Gobán’s townland’. According to Ó Corráin & Maguire (1981, 113) the personal name Gobán [earlier Gobbán]is ‘either a pet-form of goba “a smith” or a derivative of Goibniu (itself a derivative of goba), the name of the ancient Irish god of craftsmanship. Gobbán occurs occasionally in the early genealogies and there are some saints of the name. As Gobbán Saor, it is the name of the master-craftsman of Irish folklore’. The townland of Ballygobbin is bordered on the south-west by the townland of Moneygobbin, the name of which derives from Irish Muine Ghobáin Gobán’s thicket or hill’. The name of the Co. Down village and parish of Kircubbin derives from Irish Cill Ghobáin (57), i.e. ‘(Saint) Gobán’s church’.

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balligobane1657cHib. Reg. Dunluce
Bellegaben1659cCensus 1659 14
1 Qr of Ballygolan1669HMR Ant. 65
Balligoban1672cHib. Del. Antrim
B:gabbin1780Lendrick Map
~Baile Ghobain ""Gobban''s town""1832J O'D (OSNB) B105 B11
~""Gobbin''s town""1913Joyce iii 88
Ballygobben Baile Gobbin """"1934Magill's Antrim 66
baile gCubbin ""St. Cuthbert''s townland""1989Dallat's Ballymoney xvii 25
Barony
Dunluce Upper
Parish
Ballymoney
Parish in 1851
Ballymoney
Townland
None
Place name ID
1692
Place name type
T