Hunter—This name in the Northern counties of Ulster is the anglicised form of M'Keighry and M'Keefry (Mac Fhiachra) and synonymously with Hunt it is the anglicised form of Feighney in the district surrounding Fermoy, Co. Cork, and the districts mentioned in North Connacht after the name Hunt. (O'Fiachra and O'Fiachna).
Some families of the name in Ulster are of Scottish origin, mostly from Ayrshire, and were a sept of the Stewarts of Bute, the Isle of Arran being their old district.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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