Walsh (or Walshe/Welch/Welsh) comes from the Irish “Breathnach” (pronounced “Brah-nock”). It has also been anglicized as Brannagh and Brannock.
This literally translates as “Briton”. However, the “Briton” it refers to are the ones that were in Britain at the time of the Romans – and were pushed westwards into Wales and Cornwall by the Anglo-saxons in later centuries. So it essentially has come to mean “Welshman”. As it was a name given independently to many unrelated families (of original Welsh extraction) in many parts of Ireland – it is found in many unrelated parts of Ireland and is the fourth most common Irish surname today.
Dear Mike and Carina,I am writing to you about my Irish Surname, it is Walsh. I am not at all sure about which county my family came from and the only interesting story I have to tell really is that, one of my ancestors did a family history and traced my father’s family back to Nova Scotia where they found out that someone in my father’s family was a Prince (?). This is not information I have gotten for myself, it is hearsay as far as I am concerned. However, I’d like to know if you know of any Walshes that came to the shores off of Canada near Brunswick and Nova Scotia and became Royalty somehow.Here is a little back ground: My father’s name was Philip Louis Walsh, Grandson of George Walsh. I am the youngest of 6 and my siblings are much older than me, I don’t have anything to really go on. Just wondering if there are any stories, yarns, tales of such a thing happening along the Walsh family lines. Thanks so much, you do wonderful work!Slan!
Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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