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Ballyphilip Parish, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Philib ‘Philip’s townland’; earlier Eng. Felipton / Phyllipestoun

Background

The name of the townland and parish of Ballyphilip started off as an Anglo-Norman place-name which was gaelicised in the post-medieval period as Baile Philib.  We have no certain knowledge who this Philip was but the personal name was popular among the early Anglo-Norman settlers, as can be seen from ‘Philippo et Hugone de Cestria’, ‘Philippo de Hastig’ (Cartae Dun. 420 §4, 421 §7 c. 1183 AD).  The personal name Philip,  borrowed into English from French, goes back to Latin Philippus, a borrowing from Greek Philippos meaning ‘fond of horses’ (Klein 1967:1173).

References

Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 41

Additional Information

See townland of Ballyphilip for historical forms of this name.

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Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Ballyphilip
Parish in 1851
Ballyphilip
Townland
None
Place name ID
17586
Place name type
P