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Ballyvester, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Bheastair ‘Wester’s townland’

Background

The second element of Ballyvester seems be the relatively rare surname Wester which derives from Old English wester ‘the westerner’ (Reaney 1958, 347).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 187

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balliwester1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballevaster1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballewaster1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballevaster1627CPR Chas I 230
Ballyvaster1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car. I
Ballyvaster1650cMontgomery MSS 54 n.34
Ballyvestor1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Ballyvester1659cCensus 1659 93
Ballevester & Ballehay1661BSD 88
Ballyvester1739Reg. Deeds abstracts ii $26
Ballyvester1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballyvester1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballyvester1833High Const. Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Vester''s Town1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
6685
Place name type
T