Ulster place names in the United States
Every state in the United States contain at least one town or village with the same name as an Ulster town. Pennsylvania , main gateway in the 18th century for nearly 200,000 immigrants from N.I. , has at least a score of places named after Ulster towns. In the U.S. there are 18 Belfasts, 18 Tyrones and seven Derrys and over 20 Bangors. Whilst there are a large number of Hillsboroughs,Newcastles, Greencastles, Malones and Bloomfields.
There are over 500 place in the U.S. with names beginning with Mac, among which a great many –from Macafee and Macbride to Macwhorter and Macwillie – have an Uster ring. Oddly enough, the only name beginning with ‘Bally’ to survive the Atlantic crossing is Ballyclough ,in Iowa. There is one village called simply ,Bally, in Pennsylvania – but it was named after a Jesuit priest Father Augustin Bally. ‘The Killys’, ‘Magheras’, ‘’Carricks And other characteristic Ulster prefixes failed to survive phoenitic mapmaking in America.
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