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Ballyree, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile an Fhraoigh ‘townland of the heather’

Background

Although there is no trace of the Irish article in the present-day form of this name, the historical spellings indicates that it was part of the original Irish form.  As initial fh- is silent in Irish, it is understandable that the fh- of fhraoigh (gen. sing. of fraoch ‘heather’) not represented in the historical anglicized forms.  The word fraoch can also mean ‘heath, moor’ (Ó Dónaill s.v.).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 159

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballonere1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) 2 Jac. I
Ballonere1604CPR Jas I 38a
Ballinere al. Ballinroigh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Ballonere or Ballinrie1605CPR Jas I 72b
Ballonery al Ballinroigh1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
Ballionery al Bally-Nyrie al Ballinroigh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxx
Balleonerie or Ballenriogh or Ballenyrie1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Balleonerie al. Ballenreagh al. Ballenrie1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car I
Ballerie1659Census 1659 94
Ballerin1661BSD 90
Ballyrea1681Ham. Copy Rental 110
Ballyree1743Maxwell Rent Roll fol. 2
Ballyree1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54
Ballyray1830cGrand Jury Pres. (OSNB) No. 54
Ballyree1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54

Baile an Rígh ""Kingstown, town of the king""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54

Baile an Fhraoigh "" townland of the heather""

1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 15
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
17432
Place name type
T