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Ballytrustan Parish, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Thrustáin ‘Thurstan’s townland’

Background

The name Thurstaynistone contains an Anglo-Norman name (in the same way as neighbouring Ballyphilip goes back to an earlier Feliptone).  Anderson (1979,18) suspects the -trustan part of Ballytrustan to be a family name, although she cites no evidence.  However, Reaney (1958:320) lists 30 examples of Thurstan, Thurstans, Thurston etc., as a surname in England, attested as early as 1066.  This surname is interpreted by Reaney as being related to Old Norse Thorsteinn, Old Danish Thorsten ‘Thor’s stone’, which occurred as Old English Thurstan.   The attestation of an individual named ‘R. Thurstan’ from a document relating to Dublin in 1302 AD (CDI 1302-7 p. 9) clearly shows that the Anglo-Norman surname found its way to Ireland and thus makes an Anglo-Norman origin more likely for Ballytrustan than the Gaelic origin suggested by O’Donovan, Reeves and O’Laverty.

References

Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 55

Additional Information

See townland of Ballytrustan for historical forms of this name.

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balletrustan, in little Ardes1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 131
Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Ballytrustan
Parish in 1851
Ballytrustan
Townland
None
Place name ID
17587
Place name type
P