From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó LORCÁIN—I—O Lurkaine, O Lorkan, Lorkan, Lorkin, Larkin, Larken, Larkins, &c.; 'descendant of Lorcán' (diminutive of lorc, fierce); the name of several distinct families in different parts of Ireland, of whom the following were in early times the most distinguished: (1) Ó Lorcáin of Leinster. This family, which is of the royal race of Leinster, was seated in the barony of Forth, in the south-east of Co. Wexford, until dispossessed soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion, and is still numerous in Leinster. (2) Ó Lorcáin of Oriel, an important family in early times, and still numerous in Co. Armagh. The head of this family is described at different times as lord of Ui Niallain, Lord of Farney, and lord of West Ui Breasail. (3) Ó Lorcáin of Ui Maine, a Galway family of the same stock as the O'Maddens, still numerous and respectable in that county. (4) Ó Lorcáin of Meath, the head of which was anciently lord of Caille Follamain. (5) Ó Lorcáin of Tipperary, an ecclesiastical family, the head of which was anciently erenagh of Lorrha. All these families are still well represented. MacFirbis mentions another family of the name, a branch of the Cinel Eoghain, in Co. Donegal.
Alphabetical Index to Irish 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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