Which Irish County Holds Your Irish Roots?
Do you know which county in Ireland your Irish ancestors came from?
Which County in Ireland holds your Irish Roots? Everytime someone joins our “Letter from Ireland”, we ask the question: “Which County in Ireland did your Ancestors come from?”
So far, we have had thousands of replies – and have built a list of 6470 entries. In the map above I have shown the distribution of these names across all the Counties of Ireland.
Here are some of my own observations and comments on this latest view of our reader surname/county database:
- The number shown inside the boundary of each county is the number of reader ancestors who came from that county.
- Almost one-third (2040)of the people asked “Don’t Know” which county their Irish ancestor came from. I believe that with a little detective work, and help from sites like this one, it is easy enough to narrow down your root counties to two or three. What about you – would you like some help on figuring out which County your Irish Ancestor came from?
- The largest emigration pattern (96% of our readers live outside Ireland) is from the west coast of Ireland – the counties of Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal specially. These counties held some of the largest and poorest populations at the time of the Irish Famine in the mid-1800s and that is reflected in the numbers in this map.
- There is also quite a large number from the north-east of the country – especially County Antrim. We have a large number of Ulster Scots readers – whose ancestors left Ulster in the 1700s for the North American colonies of the time.
- County Cork accounts for over 15% (688) of the people who know which county their family came from. This is probably a little high as Queenstown (modern-day Cobh) was the major point of departure for many of Ireland’s emigrants. My guess is that many of our readers heard mention of Cork as a departure point and assumed this was the county that their ancestor also lived in – but I may be wrong!
What else do you notice?
So, that’s where we stand at the moment. If you have any questions – please feel free to ask them in the comment section below.
Also, if you would like to join in the fun – and add your Irish surname to our list, all you need to do is join (for free) our weekly Letter from Ireland. Details are below.