ANCIENT IRISH SIRNAMES

From Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation by John O'Hart

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As many of the ancient Irish sirnames are not recorded in O'Clery's, or in MacFirbis's Genealogies, or in the Linea Antiqua, or in the Betham Genealogical Collections, we have collected from "The Topographical Poems of O'Dugan and O'Heerin," "The Tribes and Customs of Hy-Fiachra," and other works published by the Celtic and Archaeological Societies in Ireland, the following Irish family names, and the modern anglicised forms which they assumed:

The Name

Has been modernized.

Clan Shane (a Sept of the O'Farrells)

Shaen.

MacAindris

Andrews, MacAndrew, Anderson.

MacBlosky

MacClosky, Closky.

MacBrehon

Judge.

MacCarrghanma

Carron, MacCarron, MacCarroon, MacCarhon, and Carson.

MacCionnaith

MacKenna (of the Meath Hy-Niall).

MacConboirne

Bourns.

MacConin

Kennyon, Canning.

MacCoshy

Foote ("cos :" Irish, the foot).

MacCrossan

Crosby, Crosbie.

MacFinnbhair

Maginver, Gaynor.

MacGallogly

Ingoldsby.

MacGilla Sinin

Synan.

MacGillicuskly

Cuskley.

MacGilla Kenny

Kilkenny.

MacGilla tSamhais

MacIltavish, MacTavish.

MacGillimore

Merryman.

MacGiolla Phoil

MacGilfoyle, Gilfoyle, Paul.

MacGuiggan

Maguiggan, Goodwin, Godwin.

MacGunshenan

Magunshinan, Nugent, Leonard.

MacInogly

Ingoldsby (See "MacGallogly.")

MacLaighid

Lye, Leigh.

MacLave

Hand ("lamh :" Irish, a hand).

MacMahon

Mathews, Fitzursula.

MacMurchada (of Ulster)

MacMorrow, MacMurray, Morell.

MacNamee

Meath, Mee.

MacNebo

Victory, Victoria.

MacOscar

Cosgrave, Costello.

MacPartholain

Bat, Bats, Batson, Bateson.

MacReachtagain

Rafter.

MacSimoin

Sims, Simmes, Simpson, Simkins, Simcocks, Simon.

MacSpallane

Spenser.

MacSpeallain

Spenser.

MacTaidhg

MacTague, MacTeig, Montague, Montagu.

MacTyre

Wolf, Wolfe.

MacUaithnin

MacHoneen, Green, Greene, Tonyson, Tennyson.

MacUalhairg

MacGolderick, Goderich, Golding, Goulding, Waller.

Mag Aedha

Magee.

Magilsinan

Magilsitnan.

Muintir Ceallaigh

O'Kelly and Kelly, in Londonderry.

Muintir Lideadha

O'Liddy and Liddy.

Murtagh

Mortimer.

O'h-Aichir

O'Hehir, Hehir.

O'Aimirgin

Mergin, Bergin.

O'Banain

Banan.

O'Barrain

Barrington.

O'Beirne

Briun.

O'Brachain

Brahan.

O'Breadhdha

Bray, (of Imokilly, co. Cork.)

O'Breen

O'Brien.

O'Brien

Brine.

O'Breithe

Broghie, Brophy.

O'Bruadair

Broder, Broderick, Bradner, Brothers.

O'Byrne

Leycester, Lester, Lyster, Warren.

O'Cain [1] [O'Koin]

Coyne, Koin, Kain, Kean, Keane.

O'Caolloaidhe

Cayley, Kaely, Keely.

O'Ceadfhada

Keating, Keatinge.

O'Cearnachain

Kernaghan.

O'Ceathaigh

Keaty, Keating.

O'Ceirin

Kerrin.

O'Ciardha

Carey, Keary.

O'Ciarmhaic

Kirby, Berwick.

O'Cindellain

Cunningham.

O'Cinnfhaelaidh

Kinealy.

O'Clumain

Coalman.

O'Coilen

Collins, Collings.

O'Coilligh [2]

Wood, Woods.

O'Conagan

Conyngham.

O'Conaing [3]

Gunning.

O'Conaill

Connell, O'Connell.

O'Conaighain

Conway.

O'Connowe

Conway.

O'Conor

Conyers.

O'Cornain

Corbett.

O'Cribbain

Corbett, Cribban.

O'Dowling

Du Laing, Laing.

O'Drum

Drum, Drummond.

O'Duibhdiorma

Diarmid, MacDermott.

O'Duibhraic

Durack.

O'Duineadhaigh

Doney, Denny.

O'Echtighearn

Ahern.

O'Faelchoin

Wolfe. (See also "MacTyre.")

O'Fearceallaighe

Farrelly.

O'Feehily

Pickley, O'Feely.

O'Finntighearn

Finneran.

O'Flaithri

Flattery.

O'Fodhladha

Foley (of Waterford.)

O'Fraechain

French, Ffrench, Frenshe.[4]

O'Gaoithin

Gehan, Gihson, Gettins.

O'Gathlaoich

Gately, Keightley, Catley.

O'Gormog

Gorman.

O'Gowan

Smith.

O'Griobhtha

Griffy, Griffin.

O'h-Aghmaill

Hamill.

O'h-Aidith

Hatty, Hetty.

O'h-Ailche

Halley, Ally.

O'Haughey

Haugh, Hoy, Hoey, Hawe, Howe.

O'Hay

Hay, Hughes.

O'Hease

Hussey, Oswell.

O'h-Eitegein

Magettigan.

O'h-Eochagain

Haughion.

O'h-Eoghain

O'Howen, Owens.

O'h-Heraghty

MacGeraghty, Harrington.

O'Hooneen

Greene. (See "MacUaithnin.")

O'h-Iomhair [5]

Howard. Ivers.

O'h-Ir [6]

O'Hir, O'Hayer, O'Hare, Hare.

O'Hurley

Harley.

O'Labhradha

Lavery.

O'Lahiff

Guthrie.

O'Lairgnen

Largan, Lorigan, Legge.

O'Laodhog

Lee.

O'Laoghain

Lane.

O'Lochain

Loughan, Duck.

O'Lorcain

Larkin, Larcom.

O'Luain

Loane, Lamb.

O'Luane

Lamb.

O'Kelaghan

Callaghan.

O'Maoilbloghain

Mullowne, Mullowney, Malony.

O'Maoilcallain

Mulhollan, Mulholland.

O'Maoileoin

Malone.

O'Maoilgaoithe

Mulgeehy, Wynn, and Wynne.

O'Marcachain

Markam, Horseman, Ryder, Ryding.

O'Mearadhaigh

O'Meara, O'Mara.

O'Mellain

Mellan, Millan, Mellon.

O'Mordha

O'More.

O'Mughroin

Moran.

O'Mulclohy

Stone, Stoney.

O'Mulfaver

Palmer.

O'Mulfover

Milford.

O'Mullaville

Lavelle.

O'Mulrian

Murrian, Ryan.

O'Mulrony

Moroni (of the county Clare.)

O'Mulligan

Baldwin.

O'Muineog

Monaghan.

O'Murgally

Morley.

O'Murphy

Morphie.

O'Neill

Neele, Neely.

O'Rourke

Rooke.

O'Seagha

O'Shea.

O'Sedna

Shade.

O'Seisnain

Sexton.

O'Sewell [7]

Walker, Sewell.

O'Shaughnessy

Sandys.

O'Sullivan

Silvan, Silvers.

O'Sumaghain

Somers.

O'Tackney

Tackit.

O'Taichligh

Tully, Tilly.

O'Tiompain

Tenpenny.

O'Trehy [8]

Foote. (See "MacCoshy.")

O'Tuathlain

Tolan, Toland, Thulis.

O'Turrain

Troy.

O'h-Uisgin

O'Hiskeen, O'Histeen, Hastings.

O'h-Uallachain

MacUallachain, MacCuolahan, Cuolahan, Nolan.[9]

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NOTES

[1] O'Cain: Quite distinct from "O'Cahan."

[2] O'Coilligh: See also No. 108 on the "O'Mealla" pedigree, p. 889, ante.

[3] O'Conaing: The chief of this family was seated at Caislean Ui Chonaing, now "Castle Connell" in the county Limerick.

[4] Frenshe: A friend informs me that he has met this sirname variously written, as follows:—Freynsce, Freynsh, Freynsshe, Frainche, Freinche, Frensche, Frenshe, Frensch, Frense, ffrench, and French.

[5] O'h-Iomhair: Among the peasantry in Ireland this sirname is anglicised Howard; but, among the gentry, Ivers.

[6] O'h-Ir: This sirname is derived from Slioght Ir, a branch of the "Reynolds" Family. (See No. 118, p. 345, ante.)

[7] O'Sewell: This sirname in Irish is O'Siubhail ("Siubhal:" Irish, walking; Heb., "shubh," to walk; "shebhila," a path).

[8] O'Trehy: In Irish this sirname would be O'Treathain ("treathan:" Irish, another word for foot).

[9] Nolan: This is not the Nolan or Nowlan family, which, at the time of the Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland, was transplanted from the county Waterford to the county Galway.


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