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Ballyharry, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Éinrí ‘Henry’s townland’ or Bealach Éinrí ‘Henry’s passage’

Background

Although bally- typically indicates the presence of baile ‘townland’, the sole original form in which we see the first element might derive from baile ‘townland’, or from bealach ‘passage’

The paucity of historical forms of this name make it difficult to be confirm its original form. There is no evidence of the -n- consonant in the form assigned to John O’Donovan Baile Enri ‘Henry’s town’. However, Harry is the English form of the Old French name Henri and, after the Norman conquest, the personal name Harry became extremely common in England (Rainey 1958, 155-161). There is a Ballyharry in Co. Down for which there is evidence for a previous form Ballyhenrie (Hannan 1992, 221) which might have motivated the form assigned to John O’Donovan. In the absence of any further evidence the forms Baile Éinrí ‘Henry’s townland’ or Bealach Éinrí ‘Henry’s passage’ make most sense as the original form here.

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballagherey1669HMR Ant. 41
B:heary1780Lendrick Map
~Baile Enri ""Henry''s town""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A17 A198
Baile h-Araidh ""Town of the Charioteer""1934Magill's Antrim 66
Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Island Magee
Parish in 1851
Island Magee
Townland
None
Place name ID
16955
Place name type
T