Ballyleidy, County Down
Ir. Baile Uí Lidí ‘Liddy’s townland’
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’.
ReferencesHannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 155
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Ba: Leade||1625c||Raven Map Clandeboye 10|
|Ba: Leede||1625c||Raven Map Clandeboye 9|
|Balleliddie||1630||Ham. Patent  xi|
|Balledie||1644||Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car I|
|Ballylidie||1659c||Census 1659 94|
|Ballylidie||1662||Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car II|
|Ballyleidy||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54|
|Ballyleidy||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54|
Baile Lideadha "Liddy's town"
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) No. 54|
Baile-Ui-Lideadha, "the town of O"Leidy/Liddy"
|1913||Joyce iii 101|
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