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Ballywillin, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile an Mhuilinn ‘townland of the mill’

Background

The current place-name here derives from the Irish form Baile an Mhuilinn ‘townland of the mill’ and also appears as the name of the parish. There are seven Irish townlands named Ballywillin, six of which are in Ulster (logainm.ie).

The earliest form of this name appears as Mylton (1542c) which might represent a mistranscription of Milltown, the English form of the modern name.

The forms Ballyonohin (1657c) and B:onoghin (1672c) appear to be related and do not appear to be predecessors of the modern form of the name, and might be listed with this name in error. This name likely derives from baile 'townland' paired with a family name, possibly Baile Uí Eoghanáin which is also the origin of Ballyonan, Co. Clare (logainm.ie).

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mylton1542cReg. Dowdall 268
Ballyonohin1657cHib. Reg. Dunluce
Ballywillin1659cCensus 1659 10
Balywillin1659cCensus 1659 10
Ballyvillin1669HMR Ant. 73
(?)B:onoghin1672cHib. Del. Antrim
B:Vollin1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Balliwollan1672cHib. Del. Antrim
~Baile an Mhuillinn, i.e. ""mill-town""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B5 B84
~""the town of the mill""1869Joyce i 376
~""the town of the mill""1869Joyce i 376
Barony
Dunluce Lower
Parish
Ballywillin
Parish in 1851
Ballywillin
Townland
None
Place name ID
18378
Place name type
T