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Ballaghmore, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An Bealach Mór ‘the great way or pass’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballaghmore is recorded as Mullaghmore c.1657 and as Mullamore c.1672 which suggests that it derives from Irish Mullach Mór ‘great summit’. However, the replacement of b- with m- is well-attested in 17th-century English documents in this area (see the townlands of Ballyboylands Lower/Upper).  Ballaghmore is recorded as Ballaghmore in 1780 and the most satisfactory derivation of the place-name is An Bealach Mór ‘the great way or pass’. There are five other townlands named Ballaghmore as well as a townland named Ballaghmore or Bushmills which includes part of the village of Bushmills on the north coast of Co. Antrim. The name of the latter townland is also corruptly recorded as Mullamore on William Petty’s Hiberniae Delineatio c.1672.

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mullaghmore1657cHib. Reg. Dunluce
Mulaghmore1659cCensus 1659 13
Mullamore1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Ballaghmore1780Lendrick Map
~Bealach Mór ""great road or pass""1832J O'D (OSNB) B105 B11
Ballaghmore (townland)1837cOSM xvi 25
Bealach Mor ""Great Road""1934Magill's Antrim 64
bealach mor ""great mountain-pass""1989Dallat's Ballymoney xvii 25
Barony
Dunluce Upper
Parish
Ballymoney
Parish in 1851
Ballymoney
Townland
None
Place name ID
346
Place name type
T