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Ballymacarret, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhic Gearóid ‘MacGarrett’s or MacCarrett’s townland’

Background

Suburb of Belfast on E bank of Lagan

par: Knockbreda bar: Castlereagh Upper

MacGarrett is a fairly rare surname, meaning ‘son of Gerard’, the forename Gerard having been brought to Ireland by the Normans. Ballymacarret lies on the east side of the river Lagan, forming a suburb in East Belfast.

References

McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.15; P. McKay, 2009;

Additional Information

T., 1851 Census. Spelt Ballymacarrett (with two Ts) on 1:50,000 map

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballymacarret Bridge

1791Williamson's Belfast

Ballymacarret

1791Williamson's Belfast

Baile Mic Gearoid ""town of the son of Gerald""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Baile Mhic Gearóid

1969AGBP 113

Baile Mhic Ghearóid

1989GÉ 21

Baile Mhic Gearóid ""Mac Gearóid''s townland angl. M

1991NIPNP posters Belfast

Baile Mhic Gearóid ""MacGarrett''s townland""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 15

Baile Mhic Gearóid ""MacGarrett''s/MacCarrett''s town

2001NIPNP replies PMcK/KH
Ballimackarett1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Ballimackerit1605CPR Jas I 73a
Balle-M''Caritt1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ba: Ma[c] Carrat1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 36
Ba:mc Carett1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 37
Ballymccarrett1627CPR Chas I 232
Ballemacarrett1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Balle McKarate1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 127
Bally McCarrett1659cCensus 1659 88
Ballemcc carrett1661BSD 128
Ballym''Carrett1663Sub. Roll Down 286
BallymcCarret1681Ham. Copy Rental 109
Ballymacarett1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Ballymacarrett1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
17404
Place name type
T:V