Ó Cnáimhín - Irish Names and Surnames

AuthorRev Patrick Woulfe
SourceIrish Names and Surnames

Ó CNÁIMHÍN—IO Knavin, Navin, Nevin, Bowen, (Neville); 'descendant of Cnáimhín' (diminutive of cnámh, a bone, an old Irish personal name); the name of a Dalcassian family, descended from Coscrach, son of Lorcan, King of Munster. The name was common, at the end of the 16th century, in many places outside of Thomond. Bowen is intended as a translation (Irish cnámh, a bone). Neville is used as an anglicised form in parts of West Clare.

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