Irish Surnames

In this section I have included all the articles (and podcasts) I have written that relate to Irish surnames. Ireland has one of the oldest surname systems in the world - originating from about the mid-800s - and knowing a little more about the origin and evolution of the Irish surnames in your family tree will often give you a greater insight into your own family history and Irish culture in general.

Most Popular Articles on Irish Surnames

Irish Surnames Articles by Date


The Evolution of Irish Surnames – Where your Irish Surname fits


Tracking Down a Reader Surname in Ireland.
Do You Have a Rare Irish Surname in your family Tree?


Where Did Kavanaugh Come From?
Do You Have This Problem Locating your Irish Surname?
3 Things to know about your Irish Ancestor Surnames
The Ford Motor Car and Confusing Irish Surnames
The Elementary Truth Behind Some Irish Surnames
Beautiful Maureen O’Hara and 3 Irish Surnames
Top 10 Irish Surnames
County Fermanagh Surnames and Families
Irish Surnames and Their Counties
My Irish Surnames and Other Animals
What’s Your Name in Irish?
Irish Surname Evolution.
Is your Surname Buried in an Irish Placename?
Irish Vikings – A Walk on the Viking Meadow
Irish Nicknames and your Irish Surname
Have You Heard Your Name in an Irish Accent?
United Surnames of Ireland
From Guinness to McGuinness
Thomas Francis Meagher – an Irish Name Spelled Two Ways.


Irish Hounds and Irish Surnames
Pride and Prejudice and Three Irish Surnames
Do you have an Irish Viking Surname?
Does your first name have an equivalent Irish name?


The Fighting Irish – Is Your Irish Surname Mentioned Here?
Irish Surnames That Say Where You Came From


Saints, Scholars and Irish Family Surnames
The Warrior Galloglass Surnames of Ireland
The Brehon Families of Ireland – Is Your Surname Here?
Born on the 4th of July
The Tribes of Galway.
One Man and 35 Irish Surnames
Scottish Surnames and The Mull of Kintyre


Irish Surnames – County Cork Surnames and Places
Do You Have an Irish Surname Question?
County Tipperary Surnames and Places
One Irish Castle and Many Irish Names
Irish Norman Surnames.
The Origins of Your Irish Surnames.


Why are there so many English Surnames in Ireland?
The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.
Royal Families of Ireland – Does your Irish surname make the list?
If you took all the Gaelic Surnames out of Ireland – what would be left?
A Tale of Nine Irish Surnames
Is my Surname Irish or Scottish?