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Braniel, County Down

Origin

Ir. Braineal, meaning uncertain 

Background

Suburb, 5km SE of Belfast city centre

par: Knockbreda bar: Castlereagh Upper

The meaning of the name of this townland is uncertain. It may be a development from an earlier form such as Broinngheal ‘bright fronted (place)’. There is a conspicuous hill named Braniel Hill (178m) in the middle of the townland.

References

McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.28; P. McKay, 2009;

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Uí Bhraithnil ""O''Braniell''s town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Braineal, An

1989GÉ 38

origin uncertain; possibly Broinngheal "bright-fronted place" (broinn = ‘breast’)

1991NIPNP posters Belfast

(?) Broinngheal "bright front/breast, bright-fronted place"

2001NIPNP replies PMcK/KH

Broinngheal "white-fronted place"

2003HMC replies HMCjun03
B.Bronnell1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Ballyleronnell1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballybronill1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Ballybronell1640Inq. Ult. (Down) $86 Car. I
Bronell1659cCensus 1659 88
Bronnell1661BSD 123
Brenyall1769Reg. Deeds abstracts ii $447
Braniel1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Ballycronnell als Ballybronnell als Braniel1811Marriage Downshire (OSNB) E 124
als Braniel1811Marriage Downshire (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
6837
Place name type
T