Halfpenny - Anglicised Surnames in Ireland
|Author||Padraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh|
|Source||Some Anglicised Surnames in Ireland|
Halfpenny—This name in South Louth, in the district of Navan, Co. Meath, and adjoining parts, is the anglicised form of Halpin (O'h-Ailpéin).
I have also seen it stated that the name was originally of Scottish extraction in Louth, which would render it to be written Mac Ailpein, but of this I haven't seen sufficient evidence, though several Scottish Septs settled in Co. Louth at the beginning of the 17th century.