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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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Royal Families of Ireland – Does your Irish surname make the list?

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Have you ever wondered if any of your ancestors came from a wealthy family, perhaps even from one of the Royal families of Ireland? In this letter I will share with you the stories behind the Royal Families of Ireland, and their surnames, as well as sharing pictures of the many royal castles of Ireland.  […]

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

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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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Is my Surname Irish or Scottish?

7Is your surname Irish? Maybe you’re not sure if it’s Irish or Scottish. You’re not alone, many of my readers ask me if their surname is Irish or Scottish. In this letter I hope to answer this question for you and give you some facts about Irish vs Scottish surnames.

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