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The Irish Surname Riordan

Riordan (or O’Riordan or Rearden) comes from the Irish Ó Riordain – which in turn comes from the earlier Irish Ó Rioghbhardáin. This in turn derives from “riogh bhard” or “royal bard. It is and was a large sept – but even today, you will find most Riordans in Munster – and county Cork particularly.

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