Irish Surnames – County Cork Surnames and Places

Do you have a County Cork surname? What are the typical County Cork surnames? In fact, have you ever heard of County Cork?

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Irish Surnames – County Cork Surnames and Places

It’s the largest county in Ireland – as well as being the largest single source for all Irish emigration during the 19th century. Maybe your ancestors came from this Irish county?

Irish Surnames of County Cork - from our Readers

Irish Surnames of County Cork – from our Readers

Each Sunday we send out a Letter from Ireland from a cottage in County Cork – to over 18,000 people of Irish descent all over the world (If you’d like to recieve a FREE weekly Letter from Ireland simply click here to subscribe).When we do this, we also ask readers to give us the Irish surnames in their family tree as well as the Irish counties they believe (or know) their ancestor came from.

Heir Island Cottage

A Cottage on Heir Island, West Cork.

Seeing as we live in County Cork ourselves, we have a great opportunity to pick up at the weekends and head along the hundreds of miles of glorious coastline (including our new coastal drive, the Wild Atlantic Way) – or to one of the many inland towns, villages or mountain ranges. We are surely spoiled for choice!

Annie Moore

Annie Moore and her family, Cobh (Queenstown), County Cork.

Over the last 18 months we have taken some of the following photos on our travels – and as we go, we often link to the Irish surnames on our list. So, join us now as we travel around County Cork taking lots of pictures and sharing with you the many County Cork surnames.

County Cork Surnames.

As I was saying, when someone signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland, we ask them for the Irish surnames in their family and the counties in Ireland their ancestor came from originally.

Irish Surname Donovan

O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork.

As a result, we now have about 8500 entries on our list. The following names are ones we received from readers whose ancestors came from County Cork originally. As you look through the names, you will see old Irish Gaelic names, Norman names and later English and Scottish names that settled in this part of the country. You may also notice that some of these surnames are from other counties originally.

Is your County Cork surname among them?

Here we go (i’ve listed the surname alphabetically, with some nice pictorial breaks between them):

Abernathy Ahearn Aheren Ahern Allen Arundel Barker Barr Barrett Barron Barry Bartley Beatty Bergen Berry Bluitt Bolger Brady Brannelly Bransfield Brennan


The ruins of Castledonovan, near Drimoleague, County Cork.

Brickley Brislane Brogan Brooks Brophy Brown Browne Buckley Bulman Burdin Burke Byrd Byrnes

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Former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, County Cork.

Cahill Cain Callaghan Callahan Callanan Camier Cantey Carey Carmody Carrigan Carroll Carter Case Casey Cashin Cashman Cassidy Cavanaugh Clancy Clarke Cleary Cleland Clifford Clifton

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Blackrock Castle – just outside Cork City.

Coakley Coffee Coffey Colbert Coleman Collins Collumb Comerford Condon Connally Connell Connery Connolly Connor Connors Conroy Conway Coogan

Like to add your County Cork surname to our list? Just signup for your free weekly Letter from Ireland by clicking here.and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun.


The ruins of Ballincollig Castle – Home of the Barretts.

Coppinger Corbett Corcoran Cork Corkery Corridan Costigan Cotter Cottom Coughlan Coughlin County Coyle Coyne Craddock Crawford Creeden Cremin Cronin Crossen Crowe Crowley Crowly Cullen Culliton Cummings Cunningham Curran Curtin Curtis Cushin


Statue of Michael Collins in Clonakilty – his birthplace.

Dabney Daly Daugherty Davis Delaney Deneen Denevan Dennehy Dennison Desmond Deveney Dineen Dinneen Doheny Donahoe Donahue Donavan Doney Donohue Donovan


Kissing the Blarney Stone at the top of Blarney Castle.

Dorgan Doyle Drew Driscoll Drummy Duffy Dugan Duggan Dunn Dunnigan Dwyer Dykes


On the Wild Atlantic Way – at the end of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula

Early Eckley Egan Ellis Ennis Enright Fane Farmer Farrell Fegan Ferdinand Ferrigan Finn Fitzgerald Fitzpatrick Flaherty Flanagan Fleming Fletcher Foley Forrest Fox Freeman

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Himself – taking a rest at the Upton Steam Rally.

Gaffney Gallagher Galligan Galvin Galway Garde Gaughan Geany Geary Gerrity Gibbons Gibson Gill Gilleran Gilman Glatt Glavin Goggin Green Greer Griffin Grogan

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The colourful houses of Bandon, County Cork.

Haggerty Haines Haley Hallahan Haloran Haney Harley Harney Harrington Harris Hartigan Hartney Hawk Hawkes Hayes Healey Healy Heard Heffernan Hegarty Hennessey Hennessy Herlihy Hickey Hobbs Hogan Holland Holohan Horgan Hourihan Hourihane Howard Huey Hurley Irish


Gouganne Barra Oratory in the snows of winter.

Jeffers Jeffrey Jennings Joyce Joynt Kanaly Kearney Keefe Kelleher Kelley Kelly Kennedy Kenny Keohane Kieley Kiely Kiley King Kingston Kingstone Kirk

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Cork City – Across the River Lee.

Lalley Lamey Land Landers Lane Lawless Leach Leahy Lee Leyhane Long Looney Lordan Lucey Luddy Lynch Lyons

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Sulky Racing on Inchedoney Strand in West Cork.

MacAuliffe MacDonald Madden Maher Mahoney Mallon Malone Maloney Manning Mannix Marnell Martin

County Cork Surnames

The McCarthy Towerhouse of Carrigaphooca – near Macroom.

McAninley McCall McCann McCarthy McCartney McCarty McCloskey McCormick McCotter McDermott McDevitt McGarry McGill McGinn McGinnis McGlynn McGourn McGrath McGraw McIntyre McKenzie McLaughlin McMahon

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Walking among the stones – Kealkil Stone Circle, County Cork

Meehan Mehegan Mohally Molloy Moran Morey Morrissey Moynahan Mulcahy Mulchinaugh Mulchinock Mullarkey Mullen Mullins Munday Murphy Murray Nally Neely Neenan Newman Nicholson Noonan Nugent

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Youghal, County Cork.

O’Brian O’Brien O’Bryan O’Callaghan O’Colmain O’Connell O’Conner O’Connor O’Cronin O’Donnell O’Donnovan O’Donoghue O’Donovan O’Driscoll O’Flaherty O’Flynn


Barryscourt Castle – built by the main Barry family, Carrigtwohill, County Cork.

O’Halloran O’Hearn O’Herrons O’Kane O’Keefe O’Keeffe O’Lalley O’Larkin O’Leary O’Mahony O’Malley O’Neil O’Neill O’Niell O’Rourke O’Shaughnessy O’Shea O’Sullivan O’Tuama

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Three Castle Head – Stonghold of the O’Mahonys – near Mizen Head.

Parker Pension Phelan Phillips Philpott Pomeroy Power Powers Poythrus Price Purvis Quinlan Quinn Quirk Raymond Reardon Regan Riley Riordan Roach Roche Rogers Ryan Rylee


Desmond Castle – Kinsale, County Cork.

Saunders Savage Scanlan Scanlon Shea Shearin Sheehan Sheehy Shine Shinnick Simpson Sisk Slattery Smith Snee Somers Spillane Stanton Stapleton Steele Stewart Stone Sullivan Supple Sutton Sweeney Synge

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On Baltimore Pier – the Ferries to the Islands

Taylor Terry Thomas Timmons Tobin Toohy Tooker Toomey Tracey Traynor Tuckey Walsh Ward Webb Welch Wells Welsh Weston Whalen White Wholey Winters

So, that’s it for now – ALL of the County Cork surnames that we have gathered on our list. Are any of your Irish family surnames among them?

  • Madilyn says:

    Hi Mike and Carina,
    I see my Mannix name listed, thank you. Spectacular photos!

  • Nancy Wamback says:

    I do not see my maiden name GOULDEN. I know they came from Goleen, County Cork.

  • Deirdre Ines says:

    My fathers surname was Agger. Born in Cobh in 1912. My grand father was also born in Cobh. 1885/6. Great grandfather died in Cobh in1886.I have got all the records etc. Visit Cobh as I still have family there. But none of us can find a family for great grandfather. he was in the English Navy (Born in Ireland) When he retired he was in the Coastguard various statons around Ireland and England.
    Enjoy the letterand news.
    All the best Deirdre

    • Mike says:

      Hi Deridre,
      Name now added to list.

      Unusual name – and just one Agger family in Cobh in 1911 census – and one up the country in Wicklow. A more common spelling for Agger was Agar – and you can see the geographic spread here in the 19th century:


      • Beverly says:

        Names of my family, Clinton, Murphy, Bannon, Trout, Shannon.

        • sally says:

          I have some Shannon’s in my line. I know very little about them, before they came to the United States. I do know that the family settled in Ohio, in Belmont Co. , My 3rd Gr. Grandfather’s name was George Shannon. He had several children, one who became Gov. of Ohio, (Wilson), and one who was on the Lewis, and Clark expedition (George). I wonder if we could be related?
          Sally Gartner

          • Sandy Shannon says:

            Curious to know about your Shannons in Ohio. I come from Shannons from the Franklin County area who originated in Ireland supposedly around Belfast. Please contact me at as I would be very interested in talking with you.

  • Steven Pomeroy says:

    My family left the Emerald Isle in the late 1700’s from Millstreet, County Cork. Do you know where they have left from? I am thinking on visiting to find more info. When would be a good time of year? I visited in the late nineties in May and it rained everyday.

    • Mike says:

      Hi Steven – do you have any ship documentation? Such documentation may be easier to track down in the US. In 1700s, the main southern points of departure were Cork city and Kinsale.

      Hard to predict dry weather – but September is often ok! Mike.

  • Ann says:

    I found my maiden name and my parents name O”Keeffe and Connor. I thought they were from
    other parts The Connors came from Limerick. Can you explain this.

    • Mike says:

      Hi Ann,
      This list is compiled based on the counties READERS state their family is from.

      O’Keeffe originated in Cork.

      O’Connor comes from a number of distinct and seperate places in Ireland. Mike.

  • Lora says:

    My great-grandmother from Cork had a family name that is a variation of one on your list, McSweeney. She married a Donovan. Her mother’s maiden name was Doyle.

    My great-grandfather Donovan’s mother’s maiden name was McCarthy/M’Carthy. She was born in the parish of Dunmanway, County of Cork, and survived a ship wreck of the Pallas (a/k/a Mayflower 2d) off the banks of Newfoundland on her way to North American in 1856.

    Thank you for this wonderful site!

  • Patricia says:

    Both my Cork surnames are here and I am delighted to see them, My 2nd g grandmother was a Collins from Garralakka, she married Michael Hourihan/e in 1858. I have finally made a bit of headway in this line, but it is a struggle at best. Now that they have some of the Catholic records on line it helped. So, now I know some and can’t wait to get to Ireland to see and find more. I love getting your letter every Sunday…

    • Mike says:

      Hi Patricia – delighted you are enjoying the letter! These names have now been added to our list also. Time to start planning that trip….. Mike.

  • Patricia says:

    I should have written the other names I am searching are Curran from county Louth? So I was told, and Cox, McGaughan (not real sure of that spelling, it’s hard to read on the document I have from here) they are from Rosscommon so I’m told…

    • Mike says:

      Hi Patricia – names now added to list. It is usually O’Gaughan OR it may be McGowan – both from around that area. Mike.

  • Dennis says:

    I see my surname O’Neil is listed. Gr,Gr,Grandfather Jeremiah O’Neil(Neill) is from Schull area. Working on trying to get more information. He was married to Honorah Barry. I do not have any dates but they had at least two sons Daniel and Patrick.

  • Linda Fischer says:

    My Grandmother’s maiden name was Healy or Healey or O’Healy. Unfortunately my Grandmother died and our family was estranged from that side of the family when my parents divorced. I never was able to find out if she was born here, where her parents came from, when they arrived in the US. I only know from hearsay that her family was from County Cork. Her name was Josephine Veronica Healy. I remember visiting some family in NJ here so I believe she had siblings. I am going crazy trying to find a connection in Ireland. I would love to visit and even move there permanently! I love the pictures. Keep them coming. Thank you Linda

    • Mike says:

      Hi Linda – yep, Healys are from either County Cork or County SLigo in Ireland. Sounds like yours are from Cork! Mike.

    • Traci RIchard says:

      Linda- My maternal great grandmother was Mary Healy O’Callaghan from Cork and later Kerry, Ireland. She had a brother who was a Irish Senator Donnchadh Healy- Died 22 May 1946.- Dublin Ireland
      Have you participated on 23andme? It would be fun to see if we are related. Regards-
      Traci RIchard

    • Traci Richard says:

      I have some Healy’s from Cork/Kerry in my family trees. Contact me at
      I am also on 23andme.
      Traci Gehrke Richard
      Chapin SC USA

  • Mary Burke-Russell says:

    My Grandad was a Burke, William Patrick( 1895 NY) who was orphaned as a toddler and we know his father was Dennis Burke , born in in New York about 1855(?) My grandad said his fathers parents were from Ireland. Hard to track info because of much of my grandad’s early history lost.

    However, on my mom’s side of the family, we have my Gram who was born Mary Patricia McCarthy in Castletown, Co. Cork on March 17, 1905, her father was Felix McCarthy and mother Mary Murphy. I would love to be able to trace her family there. I know of brothers Jeremiah, and Michael. A sister named Maude ( nickname?)but not how many more there were. We also have Carlin, Cleary, Murphy ,McManus and White we can trace to Ireland. That is back to my great, great grands. I love my heritage and wish to find more info . Can you help?

  • Kattie says:

    Hi guys!
    I just found this blog and i am fascinated! My grandpa always told me that our irish heritage traces back to county cork … His surname was Torpey but recently i travled to Ireland and i found out that his familys surname may have changed when they came to America to O’Tarpey. Do you know anyting about this name?

    Thank you
    Kattie =^.^=

  • John Kelly says:

    Hi Mike! I really enjoy your blog and greatly appreciate the love and time-consuming work that you put into it. My great grandfather Timothy was from Allihies on the Beara Peninsula and worked in the copper mines there. He drowned in 1877 trying to salvage a shipwreck. He married a local girl Honora Harrington but I’m told by genealogist Riobard O’Dwyer that he was not from Allihies that Timothy or Tady as he was called( which I learned via baptismal records was a common nickname for Thaddeus which is Latin for Timothy) was CFA as in “He come from away, don’t you know?” I’ve not been able to make any further progress and have hit a dead end in my research into my family history.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Jacqui Bennett says:

    My parents split when I was young. My father was born in Columbo Ceylon his mother was Ceylonese but I have learnt his Father was Irish descent. Dad’s father was an Alfred Charles Buckley and his father was a Thomas Buckley who had married a Kate Kilgour. After reading the Irish surnames information it sounds like they come from the county cork area. I’m thrilled to have found this info. But would like to learn more about my heritage. Funny thing I visited Ireland in 2006. But at that time was unaware of the tie to Ireland. I live in Winchelsea Victoria Australia.
    Can you give me some clues on where to start finding where my great great Grandparents may have lived. I was so excited to find out of the Irish roots. Thank you in anticipation for your time. Kind Regards Jacqui Bennett.

    • Susan Brower says:

      Great to hear from Winchelsea. My gt grandfather emigrated to Rhode Island from County Louth. Four siblings emigrated to Australia. We have a letter written in 1882 from brother John Taaffe Winchelsea to my gt grandfather. Three of John’s sons married three Hoey sisters. John died in 1901 in Swan Hill Australia. Another of my gt grandfathers brothers lived in Geelong and a sister in Terang Post.
      I hope you have been successful in locating the Buckleys!

  • Martha says:

    Two more names to add to the list. One is Tarrant. There are a number of them in Mallow with even a crossroad named for them. The other is my gr grandmother’s name, Nagle. Nice site! Martha

  • Hi Guys,
    I am enjoying your site and particularly appreciate the photos. I have never been to Ireland and am busting to get there so it is wonderful to have a preview. I am researching Bridget Donovan my third Great Grandmother who comes from Midleton, Cork. She was one of the Irish Famine Orphans who was sent out to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme and was rescued from Midleton Workhouse. I have put the detail sof her journey on a blog with a hope of linking up with someone who might know something. Bridget is your quinessential invisible woman in history and I can’t even find her death which gives you some idea just how invisible she was.
    I also research the surnames Curtin from Cork City, O’Sullivan and Egan from Mallow and Scannell.
    Best wishes,
    Sydney, Australia

    • Michael Beadon says:

      Rowena… I may have some light to shed upon George Merritt and Bridget Donovan and would like to make contact.

      • Rowena says:

        Hi Michael,
        I just found your message saying you could shed some light on George Merritt and Bridget Donovan. I would love to hear from you.
        Best wishes,

  • Sally Ward says:

    My great great grandmother was Mary McGoss from County Cork. Born c1805. She married a British soldier who had been stationed in Ireland. His name was John Price born in Cheshire, England. All the information I have has been passed down from family to family, generation to generation. These two people seem to have been lost in time. They ended up in Albany, New York, America but I can find nothing that tells me they began. Can you help me? Thank you, Sally Ward

  • Pat Jones says:


    You mentioned, in a note welcoming me to your group, that there were De Courcys in the County Cork area – is that recent or well into the past or were they the Kinsale family? All information I’ve found in the US (and that is very little) is that my De Courcy ancestor came from Ireland – have no idea when or from where but would have been in or before 1854.

  • Glenda Sorensen says:

    Hello Mike,
    My Great Grandmother was Editha VARIAN (VERIEN).
    Father Stephen VARIAN who married Edith CONNELL in or around 1817.
    I thought it was Coachford,, CORK.

  • Joe Valentine says:

    I have signed up for your newsletter because I plan a trip to Ireland next June. I don’t see the surname O’Reilly in your list of surnames for County Cork. My maternal grandfather was an O’Reilly and we have traced his ancestry back to the early 1800s, all of the O’Reilly’s in his lineage resided in County Cork based on census records.

  • Lisa Porter-Grenn, M.D. says:

    Via the “tools” of DNA analysis and, it is solidly confirmed that my blood truly flows with the treasures innate to many of the families who call County Cork “home”. My ancestry includes Roche, Barry, O’Keefe, Shine, Kennedy, Kenny, Burke, Nugent, O’Sullivan, O’Connell, and O’Connor, among others. I was just surprised not to see the surname Nagle, as Honora Nagle [a distant ancestor of mine] and Edmund Burke were first cousins I believe. Anyway, love your pictures. Also, my Irish blood is all from my father’s mother’s side. She, herself, was a Raleigh and purportedly related to Sir Walter, the latter of whom gained his property in the Emerald Isle for the part he played in the Desmond rebellions. MAHALO.

  • Rhonda Black says:

    ~Beautiful pictures!! I hope to one day go back to Ireland and enjoy all her beauty once again! My Ancestors were my 3rd Great Grandparents Daniel O’Connell/O’Connel born about 1820 County Cork and passed away April 16, 1899 in St. Anne, Kankakee Co. IL. he married a Catherine Cavanaugh about 1848. She was born April 1, 1825 County Cork and passed away March 19, 1896 in St. Anne, Kankakee Co. IL., I think Daniels father might have been Thomas O’Connel? and Catherine/Katherine Cavanaugh/Cavan? I have seen spelled…Her father might have been Michael Cavanaugh? Then I had Joseph Leander Loghry, his father William Loughry/ Loghry/Lowry, and he married a Nancy Purdy. and his father maybe a Capt. Jeramiah Loghry/Loughry/Lowry? Have the names Brown, White as well in my family. So one day I hope to spend more time back in Ireland, was there in 2000 for two weeks and was all over, fell in love with it!! My Grandmother always wanted to go but was never able to, so I thought of her the whole time while there…~ 🙂

  • JoANN Noonan Elmore says:

    I just signed up for the newsletter and looking forward to Sunday Mornings. I found family surnames of Noonan and Murray but no mention of Quigly. Not sure of a lot of my famiy history but my Dad remembered guests talking about black and tan in the middle of the night. The family located in Cincinnati, OH.

  • coffey philip says:

    Is there a way to view the letter regarding Padrick Coffey that was posted in July? I saved the link but can’t get it to open. Thanks in advance.

  • Donna Welch says:

    My husband and I are visiting Ireland/County Cork later this Spring. It’s the first time for both of us. We’re particularly interested in finding the birthplace and record for my GGG Grandfather James Welch, born County Cork around 1818-1822. He emigrated to the US around 1850. He was born to a Morris/Maurice Welch/Welsh/Walsh and a Mary McDonald, farmers. James had a brother John, born around 1814 who also emigrated. He was married to Bridget Coughlan/Coughlin, also born Co Cork, around 1820. The 1900 Census shows them in New Hampshire. It indicates James and Bridget Welch immigrated to the US in 1847 and married the following year. The 1900 Census shows him as being 80, born in April 1820 and Bridget as 78, so born about 1822. They had six children living at the time of the 1910 Census including John, Morris, Ellen and Michael.

    Do any of you know about what archival records in County Cork might be available to us during our visit? Any assistance in finding birth, marriage or departure information for this couple would be much appreciated. Donna Welch

  • PaddyTC says:

    Yes, great pictures and nice layout with the surnames! Thanks.
    I was over to Cork last October.

    Still looking for Kelleher connections in Macroom — so many there. Found a Doctor Kelleher there, but was unable to contact him — figure he knows lots of Kellehers in Macroom. Went to the Cork library, genealogy section, no luck there, no luck at the Heritage Centres at Mallow and Skibbereen either. Nor at Cobh.

    Searching for any connection to Johanna Kelleher, who left Ireland for USA in 1864 at age 19. Her mother and father were Patrick Kelleher and Maragret, nee Moylan.

    Any contacts or suggestions would be much appreciated.


  • Pat wheeler says:

    My husband and l are going to cork and tipperary this Easter most of my paternal family are mulcahys, cronin, kelleher, ring, from boherbue and kanturk also grady from ardfinan tipperary and killarney

    • Anne O'Connor says:

      Hi Pat wheeler, did you find your relations from Boherbue? I’m from Boherbue and my mothers’ family name is Cronin, A

  • Maureen Abernethy says:

    Hi Mike , Great page ,. My family is Abernethy from Castlemartyre, I know my great great grandfather Thomas was born the in 1832 , and my grandfather in 1879 .I found only one family of Abernethy’s in Castlemartye and I am related too them , I was trying to figure out when my family migrated from Scotland too Co , Cork . Is there any web site you would suggest to search ? Thankyou Maureen Abernethy

    • Chantal Barry says:

      Hi Maureen, My surname is Barry and all my family is from Castlemartyre/Midleton in Cork. I have being going through family papers and one of them lists Abernethys as cousins of my great uncle Brendan Barry. My great grandmother was Mary Higgins from the same area. I have so far been unable to find the Abernathy link but it’s not a common name and your family is from the same place as mine. I thought Mary Higgins might have had a sister who married an Abernathy. Does this ring any bells with you? Do you have either of those names in your family tree? Or for that matter O’Keefe, Lenihan or Henessey? It would be great to hear from you! Chantal Barry

  • Bryan Wickham says:

    A Grandfather, John Flower Whyte, originally from Clonakilty in County Cork in Ireland, ended up in Ceylon( now Sri Lanka) around 1880,s. He married, worked there and now lies beneath the turf in a part of his wife’s property. Would you be able to trace any of his family or descendants he left behind, on his departure from his homeland, those many years ago?

    Thank you and Best Regards

    Bryan Wickham

    • Lesley Hunt says:

      Hi Bryan,

      I am very interested in your post re John Flower Whyte. I believe he is the great great grandfather of my daughter in law. Her great grandmother was born in Kadugannawe, Ceylon in 1896 to John Flower Whyte and Dinorah Rajapakae. Her name was Colleen and we think she may have had siblings, including Patrick, born 1902.

      Happy to share more information if you think this is the same man.

      Look forward to hearing from you.



    Hi Mike and Carina, I just love the pictures and wish that I was Carina in some of those pictures! Ireland is so beautiful…
    I love to go to this web site!

    Thanks for the great work!

    • Mike says:

      Hi Paula – sounds like you are adept at projecting yourself into the photos! Delighted you enjoyed them. Mike.

  • Lucy Diaz says:

    My ancestors came from Boherbue in Cork. The only names I have are Hogan, Vaughan, and Mullane. Unfortunately there were two Hannah Vaughans. I don’t know if my g-g-grandfather married the one two years older than he or the one five years younger!

    • Dawn Hogan Hill says:

      Hello Lucy!
      My name is Dawn. I live in Ca, and my father (Hogan) was born in Co. Kerry; his mother ‘s family is said to be from Boherbue too! She married a Michael Hogan! Her name was Bridget Heaslip. Michael had sisters and brothers as well. I am connecting to a lot of surnames in Cork. Would love to chat,

      Dawn Hogan
      ps Are you on 23andme?

  • Trish says:

    Hello. Love the pictures. OK, my great great grandparents came from County Cork. Last names was Americanized to Morris. I have been told it was changed from from Morrissey. George Morriessy married Mary Flynn. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,


  • Kathryn Dille says:

    We were told as children that relatives on supposedly my mother’s side came from County Cork. I have been having a difficult time tracing anything on my mother’s side. We were told that the name was Miles or Myles.

  • Bernice Dunlop Edwards says:

    Hi I ‘m Bernice my great, great, great grandma and grandpa Julia Galvin and Patrick O’ Hearn I believe where born in Cork around 1855 – 1858. They moved to the sates around 1875, I am looking for the Galvin and O’Hearn family that live or was from Cork.

  • Annie says:

    Hello, what a wonderful tribute to Ireland. I’ hoping a reader maybe able to help me. I am desperately searching for my Scanlan family. My 2x great grandfather was Denis Scanlan, (born abt 1833) married to Margaret Hegarty(born abt 1841) . They married (8 Feb 1862) in Aughadown, Co. Cork. My great grandfather, John, the elderst was baptised in Janyuary of 1863 in Hollyhill, Aughadown, Co. Cork. I have the family going forward, but not backward. Denis’ parents were John and (of course) Mary.

    Their mariage (8 Feb 1862) sponsors were: Daniel Sullivan and Joannes Mahony

    The sponsors for my great grandfather, John, were Patrick and Ellen Hegarty.

    Can anyone help me yo find my ancestors – both Scanlan and Hegarty?

    Thank you!

  • Logan says:

    Is there any indication that certain surnames hail from particular parishes/areas of County Cork?

    I’m looking for Daniel Coughlin born about May 1837 on

    no name index yet, but if I could narrow my search down by region that might help save some time.

    Any idea?

  • Andrea says:

    My mom’s grandmother was Brigid Quinn. She was born in America shortly after the family moved here. I was told they were from County Cork. Nice to see this on your website.

    We just got back from a trip to Ireland and were pleased to be able to find the family name in several places. Loved Ireland so much that we are planning to move there!

  • shelby says:

    I have Collins, McCarthy, O’Driscoll, and O’Rourke in my family tree. What does that mean excatly?

  • John Olding says:

    My Grandfather Alfred Connolly was born in Ceylon in 1880 while his father John Connolly was serving in the 102nd reg .of foot Madras Fusiliers . John was recruited in Dublin 13-08-1859 .stated he was born St. Catherines Dublin 1840 .. The only clue I have to John’s parentage is that on his marriage cert. of 1874 on the Isle Of Wight he said Fathers Name Laughlin or
    Lucklan ( Difficult to read ) Connolly ..Can anyone help please ? …John Olding Weymouth U.K.

  • Keeli says:

    I am traveling to Ireland to visit my daughter who is attending school in Dublin. My maiden name is O’Connell and I have traced my ancestry back to Patrick and Margaret O’Connell who left Ireland in the mid 1800s. I can’t find any other detail than that. Do you have suggestions of where to search?

  • Julie Glauninger says:

    Thanks for this. Daly, Leahy, Mahoney, Sullivan and Walsh! My grandfather (Leahy/Lahey) was a horse trainer and sulky racer after he retired. I doubt he had any idea of its popularity in the county of his grandparents’ origin. Love your newsletters!

  • John Durham says:

    Durham/Derham name missing from list.

    John Durham married Mary Ring 20 March 1830 in Midleton Holy Rosary Church.
    Seven children all born in Midleton 1834-1851
    They were living in Mill Road before moving to Cork Road somewhere between 1848 -1851.
    Family moved to Newport area in Wales in mid to late 1851.

    Earliest mention of Durham i can find in Midleton is Bartholomew Durham, Cork wills index 1708 and in probate records Midleton 1767.

  • Karen Sowney says:

    My husband has been told his family came from the Sowney name found in Cork? Thank you..

    • TW says:

      Hi Karen,
      Yes the Sowney name is in Cork. I’m currently researching and came across it. Also spelt Souny/Souney. My Sowneys are from Lislee/Barryroe and linked to the Davis family.

  • James Lannin says:

    My great grandfather came from Schull, County Cork around 1850. There are still Lannins in Ireland, even in West Cork, even in Schull, today. I’m surprised you missed us! I also have the website,

  • Sheila Levy says:

    I see both the Kelly and Tracey surnames on your list; my Tracey ancestors were already in Nova Scotia, Canada in the mid 1700s are there still records from earlier than that in Ireland that may help me find the name of the ancestor who came to Canada – probably to Newfoundland first. John Tracey with sons Denis and John Jr is the one who was in Halifax in 1769.

  • Derek says:

    My mother maiden name is Oleary. My family where from inchglea macroon cork. My great uncle was Michael J Oleary VC.

  • Mickey says:

    My great grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Kelleher, was born April 1, 1849 in Cork to (Mother) McLaughlin and Patrick Kelleher. I would appreciate any information you could give me on my Irish ancestors.


      Kelleher comes up as one of my descendants-still trying to figure it out Hourihan/Hourihane is my direct descendant name. could be cousins-write to me-I have photos.

  • Mary says:

    I just discovered that my great grandfather John McCarty was baptised (I think) in County Sligo.

  • Geoff Heffernan says:

    Hi Mike Am researching my branch of the Heffernans in Australia and am aware that my ancestor John Heffernan came from Kanturk and think his father was Richard, who was married to Honorah Griffen. Would appreciate any info you may be able to dig up. John’s wife was Elizabeth Sheahan and they were married in 1808, I think. He came out on the Canada in 1815. Thanks

    • Karen says:

      I saw that you have an Elizabeth Sheahan married in Cork in 1808…I have a Timothy Corbett who married a Catharine Sheehan .possibly Boherbue Cork Ireland about 1840.
      Their daughter married a Francis East…who are my ggg grandparents . Their daughter Mary Agnes East married Alfred Elsworth Figg in Louisville Kentucky about 1880.

      Wondering if we might be distant relatives ?
      Happy hunting !

  • Valeria Greenwood says:

    I do not see Barnett (Barnane) listed from Downeen, Rosscarbery, County Cork.

  • Judi Mc Daniel DAmelio says:

    My grandfather was a Walsh and I was told his family was from county Cork. His wife was a Hurley (first O’Hurley) and we were told they were from Ireland but we do not know where. I have had to luck finding either family.

  • Karlena says:

    My fathers family is NAGLE of Ballinamona Castle, Nagle Mountains, near Mallow. John NAGLE married Elizabeth BAILLIE circa 1810. John was the son of Garret NAGLE.

  • jane says:

    i have great great grandparents born in cork (i think) John Burns born 1822 married to Catherine (no maiden name that i can find) born 1825. They must have emmigrated to Gloucestershire (on marriage?) to start family including Susan my great granmother. Just wondering where i could look for further information on John and/or Catherine. My cousins are named susan and Catherine for those ancestors
    love the site

  • Linda Dawn Hammond says:

    My paternal grandmother told me her family on the maternal side came from Cork. They were farmers, and their names were Edward Murray and Bridget Moore. They both died during the potato famine, and their 3 surviving children made their way to Lochgelly, Scotland. I’ve been unable to discover any more about the Irish family.

  • Betty Catt says:

    My 3rd great grandfather’s name was Thomas Allen Shannon, which is not n your list. He was born in 1818. I was told he was from Shannon, Ireland. I am coming t Ireland in March. How can I get more info? Thank you.
    I was unable to confirm my e-mail address.

    Thank you

  • Juliet O'Neill says:

    My husband’s Gt Gf was William Lane O’Neill, born c. 1845, Mallow. Father John, a surveyor.William a solicitor in London but close ally of Parnell and stood as Home Rule Parliamentary candidate for Mallow in 1880. However, forced to step down due to scandal of famous ” Breach of Promise to Marry” case . Further scandal ensued, then bankruptcy.So William fled to America, abandoning family in London. We are in England and would love to find out more, so hope to visit Cork before too long.
    Was his mother a “Lane” ? Any relation of William Joseph O’Neill Daunt, himself briefly MP for Mallow ?

  • Fallon says:

    My surname Nunan is mentioned but spelt differently! My family are from Newmarket in Cork. Any history on the name you could tell me!?

    Many thanks,


  • Dr. Natalie Newton says:

    Considering a trip to Ireland and would like to visit the original village for the McCotter family. Are McCotters still there? My maternal grandmother was a McCotter and said they came from County Cork. For many years, her grandfather, Benjamin Franklin McCotter was the oldest living Confederate veteran in Pamlico Co., North Carolina.

  • johnDonovan says:

    Hi everyone,love all the pictures,i have had the pleasure of visiting Donovans castle,there was talk of the heritage rebuilding the castle, but i never seem to find any news concerning that subject. Another problem i have had over many years of researching my family tree, is finding details of my ggggrandfather,Paul Donovan born 1833, he moved to london around 1845 with his mother catherine, then later onto cwmbran, south wales. If anyone has any info on paul Donovan 1833, ie fathers name, brothers, sisters, i would be over the moon…many thanks

  • Lorna Lincoln says:

    My great great grandfather went to Canada in 1849 during the famine. his name was Jeremiah Foley born July 1830 .We were told he came from. Bandon but I have hit a brick wall in my search. His fathers name was also jeremiah.

  • Raeven Beaudry says:

    Hello, I am trying to find out more information about my ancestor Dennis Byrnes who immigrated on 1847, but I can’t find anything. Any suggestions?

  • Joanne Reeves says:

    Hi Mike, My surnames are McDonald and Kelley. We were told they were from County Cork. Not sure if they came in from Canada or NY.

  • Joanne says:

    My great grandmother was Ellen Dwyer {Murray} she was from cork Ireland, Her Husband John Murray was also from Ireland, they came to NY and had a daughter/my grandmother Helen Murray {Schenk was her married last name}.

    I am related too DeVoy, Brandenburg, Regan, I am related to a lot of names poste don the page.

  • Kari Alba says:

    My name is Kari.
    I’m interested in the history of my Great Grandfather John Patrick O’Callaghan of Cork…born 1883, married Hannah Catherine Roberts
    Margaret, his daughter was my Grandmother.

  • I would be obliged for any information on the Kirby family who came from Carrigtwohill. The first-born son has always been named John -I am John (XI). I have two members of the Kirby’s of Carrigtwohill who were in the Royal Navy John Kirby who was born on 17 March -1841 -he joined the RN on 03 April 1861 for ten years. The other member was named James -but I don’t have any info on him. All replies welcome thank you. John (XI).

  • Joanne says:

    I am related to Ryan, Murray, Callahan who live din cork county Ireland, also I believe whaled UK as well I am distantly related to Woodward as well

  • Caroline Goodison says:

    My Grandfathers name was Simon Garvey – I have seen the name in a census in Cork but he is not on your list

  • Jenny says:

    My Cork ancestors were from Millstreet and their name was Leader (not yet on your list). Seems they owned collieries and quite a lot of land but the family seat, sold to a family named Pomeroy, is now a ruin.

  • BarbaraJo O'Connor Caisse says:

    Hi Mike,
    My Cork ancestral names are Holland, McCarthy, Connelly and O’Baire. I didn’t see O’Baire on the list. The name was later Anglicized to Barry but the O’Baire clan are a distinct Irish clan. They are not the same as the Norman Barry family which are much more numerous. I have Barry cousins in Canada that have actually had their name legally changed to O’Baire as they wanted to reclaim the name and heritage.

  • Adrienne Roche says:

    My ancestors, found in church & other records of 18th & 19th century Cork, mainly the city, are Cox, Sullivan and O’Meara (although probably not from here originally). Roche is a very common Cork surname but as yet I do not know the specific origins of my paternal great great grandfather.

  • Jan Cockerill says:

    My paternal grandmothers name was Mary Anna Black and my understanding is that she was born in County Cork around 1895. I would appreciate any help in finding how to get a copy of her birth certificate. Her married name was Norrington.

  • Sylvia says:

    My 5th great grandmother was a Lander from Kinsale county Cork born abt 1725. I have found the family name in the corporation of Kinsale records. You have the name Landers, not Lander listed. I am wondering if it would be the same family.

  • Eileen o'keeffe says:

    My name is on your list under o’ great great grand father arthur o’keeffe 1800s came from there.are stuck from where abouts thou.he had a son born 1830 called cornelius who came to 1860.dont have any other information.

  • Cathleen Cahill Allman says:

    Thank you so much. I saw both names of my father’s grandparents: Cahill and Sullivan

  • Maria Zache says:

    My Grandfather was David C. Ross and as I understand it, his parents were from County Cork.

  • Patricia Sursely says:

    Looking for any information on James Sursely number of spellings or any Surselys .I was told our family came from county of Cork. Mary Toher born 1864 father John Toher. Thomas Wickham born 1825 I believe born in Wicklow,
    Married Nancy Kirkbride born 1828. Any information would be helpful.

  • Charles Dale says:

    Hi Mike, my Great Grandfather (Michael Dale) emigrated from Cork in 1857 according to ships lists. His father John we believe was in Royal Navy and stationed in Cork but cannot confirm anything about him, no records found so far. Would love to pin down the exact birthplace of both, any info would be helpful.

  • Eugenie Sardo says:

    My family was MARMION, from Skibbereen, Cork. I didn’t see it on your list. Thank you!

  • Jacklyn McCarthy says:

    hi guys.

    My name Jackie McCarthy and i am researching the McCarthy roots of my family. My great-Great Grandfather Corneloius came from Dumnanus and was born around 1866, and moved to London after marrying his wife. i have his parents names, Timothy McCarthy who married Mary Twomey any help about that would be appreciated.

    Many thanks.

  • Barbara Dunning says:

    My great,,great,great grandfather John Sullivan was born at sea in 1813 and married Ellen Leah ,born 1814 in Ireland .His son and grandson were shoemakers .I believe that he sailed from Cork .How do you start to trace the Irish connection if you don’t know where they lived?And likewise with Thomas Dunning who appears in Liverpool as. Mariner and marries in 1809 ? also probably Irish.

  • Anna O'Connell says:

    My family’s Surname is O’Connell and was from County Cork. I have not learned first names but I have a question about the family in 1864. Why would my family leave Ireland at this time to emigrate to the United States?

  • Vince Roman says:

    I see four of my family names, MacAuliffe, Riley, Sullivan and Toomey.

  • My great grandparents with surname of Regan/Ragen left Ireland in 1839 for Ontario, Canada. They were from Drimoleague, Co. Cork. I wish to spend time on a farm in Co Cork close to Drimoleague, but, am open to other ways to touch the land where they lived. I am 81 so don’t care to drive, but, am open to transportation alternatives since I’ve traveled in over 40 countries.

  • Ronald Newman says:

    Great grandmother was from County Cork

  • jenny steele says:

    my great great grandmother is Jane Manning from Kinsale . Her Manning name is listed. Pleased.

  • Joe says:

    I remember old Charlie Durham who lived at end of the Cork Road, in Midleton, when I was a young lad.
    (I’m now 68) He had a smallholding and a little farmyard, all gone to modern housing now, although there is a small house next to the hotel and the shopping centre, which I always understood to be belonging to the Durhams which is still standing today. Charlie’s burial place is In one of the two local cemetarys,- I just cannot remember which one although I passed it quite recently.

  • Janice Nelson Cole says:

    What an informative website MIke and I am glad to see my Grandfather’s DUGGAN surname on the County Cork list as this is where the family said hiis GGGrandfather was born before emigrating to Nova Scotia in Canada in the 1700’s.

  • Shelly Miali says:

    My family surname is Sisk. It appears that my ancestors are from Irland. John Martin Sisk (1685)and perhaps David Fritz Sisk (1612). I and my parents will be in County of Cook April 2018 and wondered if you could give us an idea where to start in doing additional research on these 2 names.

  • Nancy Lee Evans says:

    I am interested in any information on the deep history of the Lee’s in Cork. I have read the surname information the sites 2 traditional territories of this spelling of the name- one in Galwayand one in Cork. Do you have or do you know anyone who might have this kind of information?
    Thank you very much,
    Nancy Lee- Evans

  • Leigh Plummer says:

    KIa Ora from New Zealand, I don’t see the name ‘MORRIS’. My ancestor William MORRIS was from Blackrock

  • John P Hayes/Sean O'hAodha says:

    My grandfather and great aunt Regina O’Hea told us children we are descendants of Tadg “Knogher” O’Hea as it is now written. Our family held lands in the area around Bandon, with the main residence at Pobble O’Hea, until William Penn’s father and a branch of turncoat relatives dispossessed us of everything. Our family was generally buried at the old Abbey of Timoleague. We plan to visit in the near future, unless Trump makes us all unwelcome everywhere, but would love to show our son photos of the old places to help him appreciate his heritage more. Please help, mas e do thoile e?

  • Victoria says:

    What a great site !
    I would love to connect to some of my Irish ancestors .
    I descend from Miles Daly (1830)

    So of my ancestors The Daly’s also left for USA – Felix Daly – Pennsylvania

  • Daniel Francis Cahill says:

    I would love to know more about the Cahill’s from Co. Cork. All i know is my grandmother came over as a small child, i believe. Both my grandmother and mother spoke with irish accents. Mother’s name was Sheila, her brothers Daniel, Aloishus ? (Frank), and sister Mary Cahill. We were from Elizabeth, NJ. I reside in North Carolina, US. Any info about my namesakes would be appreciated , like what types of work or careers they had then and now in Cork Co. Thanks you sincerely. Danny Cahill

  • Courtney Ramirez says:

    Hello! i recent found out my great-great grandfather was William Patrick Donovan from County Cork. i don’t have a bunch of info just his entry to New York in the 1800s and a picture. just browising to find my lineage. any info appreciated. thank you!!!

  • Patricia Galivan Hirsch says:

    Hello, I am looking to connect to my roots. We have minimal historical records on our family. My father’s name is Galvin from County Cork. His mother is O’Brian/O’Brien either from County Cork or Belfast. Our name was changed to Galivan in the U.S. It is nice to connect with history. Patti

  • Shelley Stanton says:

    Hello, I have just come across your site as I am searching for my father, I have been told that he came from County Cork and the surname is McCowan. After looking through your names listed this one does not seem to appear so I am hoping your knowledge may be able to help, do you know if this surname is from County Cork? sadly I only have his name to go by and no information of his family.
    Kindest regards

  • Gretchen says:

    Do you know of a homestead that was handed down to a priest and 1 or 2 nuns and because of a vow of poverty they were unable to accept so it was given to caretakers. The surname was possibly Hegarty, Welch, or Walsh it is rumored to have been a sheep farm in County Cork

  • Nan says:

    I believe my gr gr grandfather John Hurley, b:1797, came from Cork. He married my gr gr grandmother Julia Nolan, also from Ireland, b: 1812. I Can find no records of where or when they were married or came to US. However, in 1860 they were living in Indiana (where I live)and birth places of children were Ohio. I find no records of them before 1860. Where can I find information?

  • JEFF BYRD says:

    I didn’t see my Cork family names, Dukelow, Copithorne & Justice. We come from Durrus, Schull, & Ballydehob.

  • Mcrann says:

    Does my family name have any connection to this area

  • Pamela Lyons Hulse says:

    My ggggrandfather was William Lyons b@1814 Cork, Ireland. Parents: Jeremiah and Margarett. Wm came to America @1846-47. He married Rose Armshaw from Tipperary. I don’t know when. Any chance anyone has come across them in their research?

  • J T New Plummer says:

    My family the Plummers lived and worked in Conjunction for many years. My grandfather and uncle Frank used to be watermen or harbour pilots bringing the big liners in to the harbour long before the deep water facilities existed. My father Michael John Plummer worked at Hawlbouline for Irish Steel.My father came from a big family in what was known as the holy ground ,-. Harbour Row.He was the youngest and died in England in 1963. For. While in the 50 s my mother ran Plummers shop at 31 Harbour Row..

    Found your site interesting but no mention of us lot. Perhaps rumour is correct and we are descended from an iterative Frenchman who. Decided to stay many many years ago

  • Susan Leahy Lacourciere says:

    Joining your newsletter has opened up a whole new world of my Irish ancestery, for which I am very grateful to you Mike. My great grandparents Andrew and Margaret Leahy lived in Kinsale, County Cork. He was a house builder and she a teacher. Their son, Robert Leahy, my grandfather, emigrated to Canada sometime before 1910 I believe. I would like to find out more about my great grandparents and possible relatives in County Cork as I am planning a trip there next year.

  • Larry Schaufert says:

    My name is Larry Schaufert at looking for anybody related to John Cahill born in the Irish town of Macroom in 1867

  • Lorraine says:

    Hi, I’ve just discovered
    my great grandfather came from Cork. His surname was Carney (hope spelling is correct)

  • Debbie Stirk says:

    Hi, Just discovered this great site..Thank you. I am interested to find my 3x Grt Grandmother, Martha Egan, her father was John. She left the Mountbellew orphanage & sailed on the ship “Palestine” for Fremantle Western Australia in 1853 & I would like to find more about her relatives…her death certificate says she was born in County Cork.
    Can you Help, please?
    Debbie …Western Australia

  • Gloria Sweeney says:

    My great great grandfather is from the cork island he went by the name of Bull Sweeney. There were 3 Brother’s that came to the US in the 1800’s

  • Dee says:

    My great great grandfather was Jerry ( or Gerald) Green. I think he was Born c 1835 Ireland. I think he arrived at Ellis Island in 1853 at 18 years old. The ships name was Roscius.

  • Ton Sullivan says:

    We are not sure where our ancestors came from in Ireland. There. We’re 3 Sullivan brothers around 1850s, Patrick William and John, I think.

  • Liane says:

    My ancestor was Mary De Courcy, (daughter of Terence) born 1799, died Skibereen 1864! Her daughter born about 1821, married a Hugh Lamond or Duncan Lomond in Limerick. She ended up in NSW Australia, married to a convict Thomas Crowley who had been sent to NSW about 1821! Curious now after visiting Ireland currently and seeing the Potato famine exhibition in Skibereen

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  • Lisa hannan says:

    Looking for family Shea my name Lisa hannan maiden name horrocks mum was called Winifred horrocks maiden name Shea married Peter horrocks in liverpool

  • Barbara Cully says:

    William Arthur Franklin is the name of my father. He was born in Buffalo New York and eventually move to California. My grandfather, Arthur Francis Franklin, emigrated from County Cork to Canada in the early 1900s. His father was named Denham Franklin and seems to of been well known in Clonkilty, County Cork.
    I believe the family moved from France to County Cork after the Edict of Nantes‘s was revoked. I think that County Cork was the destination of a lot of French Protestants.
    And, I believe that the name Franklin is of French origin. It had been spelled FRANCKLYN and means freeholder/freeman (a land owner during the Middle Ages) .
    I’m just at it starting my research of my father’s family, and I welcome any insight into the people who lived in Clonakilty during the 1800s.
    The family may have been in the business of making hats, but I’m not sure of this information.

  • Bill Carey says:

    My grandfather’s name was William Howard Carey. I was named after him. According to what a distant relative said, either William and his brother, or William’s father and uncle, were from County Cork, and were fighting for Irish freedom. The British put a price on their heads, and they fled to America under assumed names, resuming their true names once safely in New York. If anyone has any information about this, please share with me. Go raibh maith agat!