I often get asked – “did my family own Irish Castles?” It’s the ultimate fairy tale – Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses all living in beautiful old castles.
Between the early 13th century and the late 16th century – about 1400 castles and towerhouses were built across the island of Ireland. First built by the Normans – and then copied by the Irish Chieftains and lords. According to my reseach – the following are the family names in Ireland during this time who built a castle/towerhouse. Many are still standing and even lived in. Some are ruins – and some more are reduced to just a site.
Is your family name here? Agnew, Archer, Archibold, D’Arcy, Aston, Audley, Baggot, Balfour, O’Bannon, Barrett, Barry, Bellew, Bellingham, Bermingham, Bissett, Blake, Blennerhassett, Bouchier, Boyle, O’Boyle, Brabazon, Brady, MacBrien, O’Brien, Briscoe, Brown, Browne, Brunker, Burke, Butler, O’Byrne, O’Cahan (Kane), O’Cahill, O’Callaghan, Campion, Cantillon, Cantwell, Carew, O’Carroll, McCarthy, O’Casey, Caulfield, Cheevers, MacClancy, O’Clery, Cloghessy, Codd, Cogan, Cole, Condon, O’Connor, Cope, Coppinger, Costello, Cotter, DeCourcey, McCoughlan, Coyne, Creagh, Creighton, O’Crowley, Cuffe and Cusack.
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Dalton, Dalway, O’Daly, O’Dea, McDermott, Devereaux, Dillon, O’Doherty, McDonagh, Donnellan, McDonnell, O’Donnell, O’Donnelly, O’Donghue, O’ Donovan, Dowdall, O’Dowd, Dowling, Downing, O’Driscoll, Drummond, Duffy, Dunne, O’Dwyer, MacEgan, McEnery, Esmonde, Eustace, Staunton, McFall, Fallon, O’Farrell, Ferriter, Ffrench, Finnerty, Forbes, Fitzgerald, Fitzgibbon, Fitzmaurice, Fitzpatrick, Fitzstephen, Fitzwilliam, O’Flahery, Fleming, O’Flynn, Fogarty, Forrestal, Fox, Galwey, O’Gara, McGovern, McGeoghegan, McGillicuddy, Glennon, Gore, McGorman, Grace, O’Grady, Grant, McGrath, Gray, Griffin, Gulifoyle, Gunning, Hackett, O’Hagan, O’Hallinan, Hamilton, O’Hanley, O’Hanlon, Hannon, O’Hara, Harrington, Hart, Hayes, Haynes, O’Healy, Hearns, O’Hennessy, McHenry, McHugh, O’Higgins, Hodnett, O’Hogan, Hore, Howel, Howlin, Hume, O’Hurley, Hussey, Hyde, O’Hynes, McInerney
Irvine, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Joyce, Kavanagh, Keane, Kearney, Keating, O’Keefe, O’Kelly, O’Kennedy, Kilkelly, Kirwan, DeLacey, Lambert, McLaughlin, Lawless, O’Leary, Lehane, Locke, Loftus, Lombard, Long, O’Loughlin, Luttrell, Lynch, O’Madden, Magennis, Magner, Magrath, Maguire, McMahon, O’Mahony, O’Malley, O’Mannion, Marshall, Martin, O’Meagher, O’Meara, Mitchell, O’Molloy, Mooney, O’Moore, O’Moriarty, Morris, Mortimer, Mulvihill, Nagle, McNamara, McNeill, O’Neill, Norris, Norton, Nugent, Ormsby
Parsons, Phelan, Phillips, Plunkett, Power, Prendergast, Purcell, McQuillan, Quinn, Redmond, O’Reilly, Reynolds, Roche, Rocheford, O’Rourke, Rushe, Russell, Ryan, Savage, O’Shaughnessy, Shaw, O’Shea, McSheedy, MacSheehy, Shortall, Sinnott, Stewart, O’Sullivan, Supple, Sutton, MacSweeney, Sweetman, Taafe, Talbot, Tierney, Tobin, Troy, Tuitte, Tyrell, Wall, Walsh, Whelehan and White.
A Guide to Irish Family History Research
Irish Genealogy – An Irish Family History Research Guide (#404)
Anglo Norman Surnames – Following the Norman Trail to Ireland (#402)
From an Irish Cottage to a Castle – A Journey into one Woman’s Hidden Past (#308)
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