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Ballymacruise, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhic Naosa  ‘MacNeice’s townland’

Background

The second element of Ballymacruise is obviously a surname and the 17th-century spellings suggest Baile Mhic Naosa, where Naosa is a contraction of AonghasaMac Naosa is usually anglicized Mac Neice or Mac Creesh.  The r in Macruise arises from the well-known phenomenon of cn (in this case the c of Mac and n of Naosa) giving a pronunciation [kr] in the Irish spoken in the northern half of Ireland (O’Rahilly 1932: 22-4).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 184

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Bally Mc Chrews1652Montgomery MSS 135 n.41
Bally Mc Shrew1659Census 1659 93
Ballemc chrew1661BSD 88
Ballymacrews1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballymacruise1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Ballymacruse1833High Const. Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24

"Macruise''s town"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167, E 24

Baile Mhic Crúis

1905Post-Sheanchas 96
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
6752
Place name type
T