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Ballynavally, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. Baile Uí Mhaolbhallaigh ‘(O’)Mulwally’s townland’

Background

The name of this townland is recorded as Ballyomulvalleh in 1605 and the weight of the historical evidence suggests that the final element is a surname.  The surname in question does not appear to be attested in the standard books on the subject but a tentative suggestion is that it is Ó Maolbhallaigh which may be represented by Mulwally which occurs once in the east Belfast district of Cregagh in the BT Telephone Directory of 2001. Ó Maolbhallaigh  would signify ‘grandson/descendant of Maolbhallaigh’, the forename Maolbhallaigh signifying ‘servant of Maolbhallaigh’or ‘servant of the freckled fellow’.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile na Fáile ""town of the slope or precipice""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 126
Balliomulvalegh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyomulvalleh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Balle-Ivullvaly al Balleomulvally1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballyvolvally in ye Slught Neales1632Magennis Paps (O'Sullivan) 68
Ballemulvalie al. Balleomulvally1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car I
al. Balleomulvally1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car 1
Ballynavally1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 126
Ballynavalley1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 126
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Drumbo
Parish in 1851
Drumbo
Townland
None
Place name ID
17427
Place name type
T