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Jordanstown, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Shiúrdáin ‘Jordan’s town’

Background

Village forms a district of Newtownabbey, 10km N of Belfast city centre

par: Carnmoney bar: Belfast Lower

The place is named from an Anglo-Norman family called Jordan who accompanied John de Courcy to Carrickfergus in 1182. The surname Jordan is ultimately derived from the river Jordan, the name of which was used a Christian name by returning crusaders who brought back Jordan water to baptise their children [Bally Jurdon 1604].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 85

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Bally-Jurdon1604CPR Jas I 49a
BalliJordan1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 47
Bally-Jordane1608CPR Jas I 120b
Bally Jordan1621CPR Jas I 523b
Bally-jordan1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Ballyjurdon1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Jordanstown1621CPR Jas I 524b
Jurdanstowne1669HMR Ant. 29
Jordanstown1780Lendrick Map
Baile Mhic Shiúrtáin2001NIPNP replies PMcK/AH
Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Carnmoney
Parish in 1851
Carnmoney
Townland
None
Place name ID
6456
Place name type
T