Rice - Anglicised Surnames in Ireland

AuthorPadraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh
SourceSome Anglicised Surnames in Ireland

Rice—In the Northern half of Ireland this name is the anglicised form of Mulcreevy, which sept, according to O'Dugan, belonged to "the tribe of Dubhtire" of the Clan Daimhin, and "ruled the dark-haired magestic clan Sionaigh."

This sept occupied the present district of Groomsport, bordering Bangor, Co. Down. The other forms of the name are Mulgrew, Mulgroo in the Fews, and Mulgreive; in Gaelic O'Maol-chraobhe.

Another important anglicised form of the name is Creagh in Munster.

Those bearing the names Rice and Royce in Munster and South Leinster are of Welsh origin, the name being written Ap' Rhys and Ap Rhwyce, which names are variously anglicised as Price and Preece, etc.

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