Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. More than 4,000 Gaelic, Norman and Anglo-Irish surnames are listed in this book, giving a wealth of information on the background and location of Irish families. Edward MacLysaght was a leading authority on Irish names and family history. He served as Chief Herald and Genealogical Officer of the Irish Office of Arms. He was also Keeper of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland and was Chairman of the Manuscripts Commission. This book, which was first published in 1957 and now is in its sixth edition, is being reprinted for the fourth time and remains the definitive record of Irish surnames, their genealogy and their origins.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: Bowie (surname), Brady, Burns (surname), Connor (surname), Doyle, Gahan (surname), Gordon (name), Hanrahan, Haughn (surname), Healey (surname), Keogh, Lowery, MacLeod, McAtee, McCabe (surname), McCann (surname), McCaughan, McGaffin (surname), McGahan (surname), McGaughey (surname), McGeachie (surname), McLaughlin (surname), McPhillips (surname), Minogue, Mitchell (surname), Nevin (surname), O'Dea, O'Doherty family, Ormond (surname), Paterson (surname), Phelan (surname). Excerpt: Nevin is a surname of Irish (Gallowglass) origin. Two etymologies are given. It may originate from Cnamhin, derived from Cnamh, "a bone," possibly a nickname in reference to the first chief of the clan who was a bony or large-boned man. Secondly, it may be an Anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic form MacCnaimhin / O Cnaimhin / MacCnaomhin / O Cnaomhin or Ni Chnaimhin / Ni Chnaomhin (female), meaning "Little Saint" or "Saintly" / "Believer in Saints" / "Religious." The name Nevin is particularly found along the north and west coast of Ireland in Derry, Donegal, Mayo and Galway where many settled around the 13th century, having been Gallowglass Mercenaries, and in the north and west of Scotland. The Nevins are notable per local population in Achill and the surrounding islands in County Mayo and around Coleraine and Derry. Possible sources of the family have been cited as: Achill Island, Athenry, Mayo village and Mulranny in Ireland, as well as Braco, Isle of Bute, Kilwinning, and Lanark, in Scotland. Nevin has often been anglicised as McNevin, Nieven, McNieven, McNiven, Navin, Knavin and Niven, amongst many others. The main Scots translation, most likely due to accent, is Niven / McNiven. The family name of Nevin originated somewhere within Scotland and Ireland sometime before the 6th Century. Although it is uncertain whether the...
The dynamic history of North West Ireland can be seen in the richness and variety of it surnames. Mitchell has attempted to compile concise but informative histories of those surnames which are most closely associated, through numerical strength or uniqueness, with North West Ireland.
A Primary Source. This birth register is a primary genealogy source for finding the location and relative number of Irish families in 19th century Ireland. (Most families remain centered in the same areas in Ireland).This is an enlarged print out of the birth index of Ireland. It lists every surname found, and the county it was found in. Larger print makes it easier to read than the original. We have added a map of the counties and provinces along with commentary. Research aid published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation. One of the very few sources we have to locate surnames for the genealogy researcher in 19th century Ireland. This work serves as an Irish census records substitute for locating traditional family names in Ireland. If you do not know where to start looking for death, marriage and land records, this family surname locator could help find your county of origin.
This works gives every surname and county of location from the census of 1659 in Ireland. Surnames are spelled exactly as they were found on that census. With introductory notes and 17th century spelling examples.
Containing entries for more than 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK. The Dictionary includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers. Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names. This authoritative guide also includes an introductory essay explaining the historical background, formation, and typology of surnames and a guide to surnames research and family history research. Additional material also includes a list of published and unpublished lists of surnames from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Byrne, Chaffey, Fahey, Fizzard, Fudge, Grouchy, Hynes, Inkpen, Lyver, McLaughlin, Miles, Murphy, Puddester, Quirk -- the names themselves are evocative of Newfoundland. Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland traces the origins of almost 3,000 surnames found on the Island and provides an engaging and comprehensive collection of etymology, genealogy, and Newfoundland history. The introduction presents a fascinating discussion of the history and linguistic origins of surnames found in Newfoundland, which come from many different cultures, notably English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French, Syrian, Lebanese, and Mi'kmaq. The main body of the book comprises a dictionary of surnames in the province based on data collected from provincial voting lists, family records, government documents, and newspaper reports dating back to the seventeenth century. Each entry includes variant spellings and cross-references of the surname, the countries in which the name originated, and its meaning. Newfoundland place names associated with the surname are also given. The book also includes a ranking of the most common surnames in Newfoundland and a comparative analysis of the frequency of surnames in Scotland, Ireland, England, and Newfoundland. Originally published in 1977, Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland is a unique reference work, giving Newfoundlanders, both in the province and away, a fascinating look at their roots. This edition incorporates a number of additions and corrections and has been completely reset in a sturdier and more convenient format. It will be of great use to individuals tracing their ancestors and to genealogists researching early settlers in Newfoundland.
The origins of Irish names are intermingled with the nation's long and often tragic past. Telling of invasion, famine, emigration and war, this book provides readers with a glimpse of the history behind 200 of Ireland's most commonly encountered surnames. It sheds light on the origins of the names, highlighting their geographical distribution and providing details of prominent family members. photographs of Ireland's landscapes, historic sites and artefacts.