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Ballymacarn South, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhic Cearnaigh Uachtarach ‘McKearney’s townland, upper (=south)’

Background

Ballymacarn, first appearing as Ballymckarney in 1616, clearly contains a surname, and the surname Mac Cearnaigh is attested historically in Co. Meath (Woulfe 460).  The surname is recorded in Co. Down as lez McKearnyes in le great Ardes in 1605 (Inq. Ult. Dn. §2 Jac. I). In the same decade Patrick McKearney held lands in the parish of Donaghmore north of Newry (CPR Jas I 197a, 395b).

The division of Ballymacarn into two townlands is recorded in the 17th century, from 1650. The words íochtarach ‘lower’ and uachtarach ‘upper’ were later translated as English north and south, in accordance with the 17th-century custom which saw south as ‘above’ the north.

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballymackernyoughteragh

1650cInq. Ult. (Down) §108 Car. I

Ballimackarne-outra

1657Hib. Reg.

Ballimackarneotra

1661BSD 61
Barony
Kinelarty
Parish
Magheradrool
Parish in 1851
Magheradrool
Townland
None
Place name ID
17403
Place name type
T