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County Down Genealogy, Pictures and Surnames with Van Morrison

Would you like to join us today on a journey today through the County Down? We might even take in a little County Down Genealogy. We are going to travel in style, in the company of none other than Mr. Van Morrison! We’ll also take in a bit of County Armagh along the way. Susan […]

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Is this an Irish or an English Surname?

I often get asked “Is xxxx an English or an Irish name” – for example – here’s a question from Sandra Lee:

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Did your Family Live in an Irish Castle?

I often get asked – “did my family own Irish Castles?” It’s the ultimate fairy tale – Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses all living in beautiful old castles.

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Where do Irish Surnames come from?

Do you ever wonder – where do Irish Surnames come from? How about YOUR Irish Surname? Today, we’re going to browse the evolution of the surname in Ireland – something I know is close to your heart! Soon we’ll look at Viking, Norman and Planter names – but for now we start with the old […]

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The Irish Surname Gunning

Gunning (or O’Gunning) comes from the Irish Ó Conaing (Conaing was popular first name in Gaelic Ireland).  They were a sept of the larger Dal gCais sept in Thomond – originally from around the Castleconnell area in county Limerick – but today found in County Offaly for the most part.

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