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The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.

In last week’s newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the lens of this map – showing the major Tribes of Ireland at his time. Now, let’s take a […]

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A Roadtrip Through 17 Counties of Ireland (Part 2)

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Irish road trip

A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 16 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see to the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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The Surname Rudden or Rodden

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Paul Rudden got on to us wondering about the Irish surname “Rudden“. You can see his question at the end of this post. Meaning of the Irish Surname Rudden. Rudden (or Rodden) comes from the Irish Ó Rodáin (phonetically pronounced “Oh-Rudawn” ) – from the Irish for “a strong rod” – and is from a […]

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The Irish Surname Teague (or MacTeige)

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Teague comes from the Irish Mac Taidgh (pronounced “mac-tie-g”). This literally translates as “son of Tadhg”. This Irish name also translates into the surname “MacTeige” and “MacTigue”. Its an example of a name belonging to no one specific sept – but comes from the fact that Tadgh was a common surname in ancient Ireland –

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The Irish Surname Coyle

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Coyle (or Mac Coyle) comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chomhgaill. This literally translates as “devotee of St. Comgal”. This Irish name also translates into the surname “MacIlhoyle”. Today it is mainly found in the province of Ulster in Counties Donegal and Monaghan.

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