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Ballymaglave South, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhig Fhlaithimh Uachtarach ‘McGlave or Hand's townland or holding, upper (=south)’

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

Ballymaclawryowteraghe

1650cInq. Ult. (Down) §108 Car. I

Ballimaglaghotra

1661BSD 60
Barony
Kinelarty
Parish
Magheradrool
Parish in 1851
Magheradrool
Townland
None
Place name ID
17415
Place name type
T