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Ballymullan, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Maoláin ‘townland of the low rounded hill’

Background

A number of the historical spellings lack the final –n and this may have come about as a result of a contraction for an n in an early manuscript being omitted by a scribe, and this error was in turn copied by other scribes. Other possible Gaelic origins for this place-name are Baile an Mhuilinn ‘townland of the mill’, and Baile Uí Mhaoláin ‘(O’)Mullan’s townland’.  

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 158

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballemulle1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) 2 Jac. I
Ballemulle1604CPR Jas I 38a
Ballemulle1605CPR Jas I 72b
Ballimulle al Ballimullen1605Inq. Ult. (Down) §2 Jac. I
Ballymullen al Ballymulla1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxi
Ballemullan or Ballemulla1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Ballimullen1630Ham. Patent [1630] xx
Ballemullen al Ballemulle1645Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car. I
Ballemullen1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballemullen1661BSD 127
Ballemullen al Ballemule1662Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car. II
Ballymullan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54
Ballymullan1830cWm. Map (OSNB) No. 54

Baile an Mhulláin "town of the little hill or summit"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
6606
Place name type
T