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Ballyleidy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Uí Lidí ‘Liddy’s townland’

Background

O’Donovan suggested that the second element of Ballyleidy was the surname Ó Lideadha (later Ó Lidí).  According to MacLysaght, the bearers of this surname held considerable sway in Thomond in Munster. He also informs us that the surname is found in Co. Cavan where it is generally anglicized Leddy (MacLysaght 1985, 195).  This is noteworthy since it shows that the name was not unknown in Ulster.  Unfortunately, the first i is short in this surname, but it is possible that the vowel sound changed under the influence of the English word ‘lady’. 

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 155

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ba: Leade1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 10
Ba: Leede1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 9
Balleliddie1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Balledie1644Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car I
Ballylidie1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballelidie1661BSD 127
Ballylidie1662Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car II
Ballyleidy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54
Ballyleidy1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54

Baile Lideadha "Liddy's town"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54

Baile-Ui-Lideadha, "the town of O"Leidy/Liddy"

1913Joyce iii 101
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
17391
Place name type
T