May—This name is the anglicised form in Ulster and the West of Scotland of a sept in Kintyre. They were Lords of Keil. The Rev. Duncan O'May was minister of Keil in 1638, as as well as Lord of Keil. Donald O'Mey, a graduate of Glasgow University, 1622, had the Church of Keil, Southend, Kintyre, and was minister at Lochkead, Campbelltown, in 1639. Cornelius O'May was Dean of Kintyre in the 16th century. The name in Gaelic is O'Meadhaich, and the sept belongs to the McDonalds. The name is also anglicised Omey, like Adrain, another Kintyre sept.
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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