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Ballycroghan, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Cruacháin ‘townland of the (small) stack / hill’

Background

O’Donovan seems have to been correct in identifying the second element of this place-name as the gen. sing. of the word cruachán which is defined in DIL as ‘small rick, hill’ and in Ó Dónaill as ‘a (small) stack’.  It occurs in a number of place-names in Ireland including the Irish form for Crookhaven, Co. Cork, namely An Cruachán, and in the name Croaghan, Co. Offaly.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 151

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballecrohan1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) 1 Jac. I
Ballecrohane1604CPR Jas I 38a
Ballecrohan1605CPR Jas I 72b
Ballicrioghan1605Inq. Ult. (Down) §2 Jac. I
Ballicroghan1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
Ballycroghen1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxx
Ba: Crohan1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 15
Ballecroghan1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Ballecroghan1645Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car. I
Ballycroghan1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballecroghane1661BSD 90
Ballycroghan1662Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car. II
Ballycroghan1743Maxwell Rent Roll fol. 2
Ballycroghan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54

Baile Cruacháin "town of the round hill"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
6611
Place name type
T