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Ballybeen, County Down


perhaps Ir. Baile Bín [bala been] ‘townland of Bean’.


Part of Dundonald, 7.5km E of Belfast city centre

par: Dundonald bar: Castlereagh Lower

The name of the townland of Ballybeen is recorded as Ballibeine in 1605 and as Ballebeene in 1623. The most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name appears to be Baile Bín ‘townland of Bean’, the final element representing a gaelicised form of the English surname ‘Bean’ which according to Hanks and Hodges (1988, 40) can be 1.‘a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans…occasionally a nickname for a man of little importance 2.a nickname for a pleasant person, from Medieval English bene ‘friendly, amiable’’. There is another townland named Ballybeen a short distance to the south, in the parish of Comber.


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 11; P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile-binne, the town of the peak

1913Joyce iii 71

Baile Bín

1969AGBP 113

Baile Bín

1989GÉ 16

Baile Bín ""townland of Bean""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 11

probably Baile Binne "townland of the pointed rock"

2003HMC replies HMCjun03
Ballibeine1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
(?)Ballybin1612CPR Jas I 236a
Ballebeene1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballebein1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlv
Ba: Binn, part of1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 33
Balle Binn1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 33
Ballybynn1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 30
Ballybynn1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 30
Ballebein1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
B:Bine1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballebeene1661BSD 127
Ballebeene1661BSD 125
Ballybine1663Sub. Roll Down 284
Ballybeen1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballybeen1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballybeen1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballybeen1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballybeen1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Ballybeen1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Baile Binne1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 38
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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