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If you took all the Gaelic Surnames out of Ireland – what would be left?

Today we’re looking at Viking, Norman, Galloglass and Planter (English and Scottish) names. Let’s take a few examples using one of our Readers – Patricia Clarke (thanks, Patricia J ). Patricia gave me six of her family names: Byrnes, Clarke, Halpin, Leonard, Martin and Rafferty.

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When Did your family COME to Ireland?

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Let me explain about the names: We are all familiar with the concept of “emigration” and Ireland. We all arrived at some point – some stayed and some passed through after some generations. All left their imprints. Like to add your Irish surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to […]

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