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Ballymaglave North, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhig Fhlaithimh Íochtarach ‘McGlave or Hand's townland or holding, lower (=north)’

Background

Ballymaglave North and South in Magheradrool in mid Co. Down have the same etymology as Ballymaglaff townland in Comber: Baile Mhig Fhlaithimh ‘McGlave or Claffey's holding’. The division of Ballymaglave into two townlands is recorded in the 17th century.  The surname anglicised McGlave goes back to Irish mac ‘son of the’ flaitheamh,  meaning ‘lord, ruler’.  However, the variant Mag Fhlaithimh was sometimes interpreted as Mac Laithimh, in which the second element sounded like Irish lámh ‘hand,’ and thus the surname was sometimes anglicised Hand (Woulfe 363, 386, 412, 422-3).  Woulfe does not say where the surname came from, though he names Longford, Leitrim & Sligo (p.423) and it is interesting to have this proof of its existence in Co. Down.  The Northern Ireland BT phone book 2001 shows only the ‘translation’ Hand, located in the areas of Co. Down, Dungannon and Roslea.

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballemaclawryeightraghe

1650cInq. Ult. (Down) §108 Car. I

Bally Mc Glane Itragh

1659Census 1659 86

(?)Ballimalagh

1661BSD 60

(?)Ballinaglagh

1661BSD 60

B. McGlave

1744Map of Down (OSNB) No. 16

Ballymaglave

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 16

Ballymagleve

1823Downshire Direct. 318

Ballymaglave [needs checked]

1831OSNB: gen. sources No. 16

Baile Meg Lamha ""Maglave''s or Hands town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 16

Baile Mhig Laithimh ""McGlave''s/Claffey''s holding""

2001NIPNP replies KM/RCD

Baile Mhig Laithimh ""McGlave''s/Claffey''s holding""

2001NIPNP replies KM/RCD
Barony
Kinelarty
Parish
Magheradrool
Parish in 1851
Magheradrool
Townland
None
Place name ID
17414
Place name type
T