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Craigboy, County Down

Origin

Ir. An Chré Bhuí ‘the yellow clay’

Background

The earlier recorded spellings would suggest that the first element of Craigboy was originally cré, ‘clay’, as opposed to creig ‘crag, rock’, which is indicated by the forms from the early 18th century onwards. Since Irish would not have been particularly strong in the Donaghadee area in this period, it is perhaps more likely that this change in the first element occurred among English speakers.  Speakers of English would probably have been quite familiar, and therefore more comfortable, with an anglicized form of creig, which occurs more frequently as a place-name element than cré.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 190

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballinecreaghy1605CPR Jas I 73b
Ballencreboy alias Ballymcabry1627CPR Chas I 230
Ballycreboy1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car. I
Ballynecreaboy al. Ballymaccabry1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car 1
Ballycreboy1659cCensus 1659 93
Creboy1683Descr. Ards 38
Cragbuy1717Montgomery MSS 420 n 93
Craigboy1776Reg. Deeds abstracts ii $636
Craigboy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Craigboy1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
~Creg Buidhe ""yellow rock""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
17473
Place name type
T