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Irish Nicknames and your Irish Surname

Irish nicknames often make their way into surnames. Many people have a “nickname” that may be based on a personality trait, their appearance, or just a term of family endearment. In this letter we will see how nicknames in Ireland included one’s surname, and evolved into whole new surnames over time. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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The Surnames of County Cork

Our readers surnames from County Cork! Deep breath – there are a lot of them here – is your County Cork surname among them? Like to add your County Cork surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun.

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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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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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