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Ballyhenry Minor, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Héinrí Beag ‘little Ballyhenry’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballyhenry Major is recorded as simply Ballyhenry in the Census of c.1659, while the smaller townland of Ballyhenry which borders it on the south is recorded as Ballyhenry lessor. The final element of the townland name is a gaelicised version of the English personal name Henry which was brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans.  It is more commonly gaelicised as Éinrí or Anraí.  There is a townland named Ballyhenry in the parish of Ardquin in the Ards Peninsula, the name of which is also derives from Baile Héinrí ‘Henry’s townland’ (PNI ii 29). There are also townlands named Ballyhenry in Cos Antrim, Kerry, Mayo and Tipperary and Wicklow as well as Ballyhenry East and West in Co. Derry.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

See also Ballyhenry Major

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Balyhenry Beg

1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ballyhenry lessor1659cCensus 1659 87
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
17645
Place name type
T