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Ballykillare, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Cille Láir ‘townland of the central church'

Background

The historical evidence seems to suggest two possible Irish origins for this name:  Baile Cille Láir ‘townland of the central church’, and Baile an Cheallóra ‘townland of the cellarer’.  However, for the latter to be feasible the stress in the current form would have to be on kil.  On the strength of the local pronunciation, Baile Cille Láir seems to be the more likely of the two. The townland has a small detached portion which lies immediately south of the main portion.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 154

Additional Information

Has detached portion

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballen, Cellor1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) 2 Jac. I
Ballen-Celloe al Ballikillar1605Inq. Ult. (Down) §2 Jac I
Ballen-Cellor1605CPR Jas I 38a
Ballencellor1605CPR Jas I 72b
Ballincelloer al Ballikillar1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
Bally-Killare al Ballincellor1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxi
Ballekillare or Ballincellor1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Ballekillare al Ballecollor1644Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car I
Killaire & Carnelea1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballykillare al. Ballycoller1662Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car. II
Part Killare1681Ham. Copy Rental 110
Ballykillare1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54
Ballykillare1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54
Ballykillare1830cTreas. Warrant (OSNB) No. 54

Baile an Choiléir "town of the quarry"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
17387
Place name type
T