A Letter from Ireland:

The Surnames of County Tipperary


County Tipperary My Ancestral HomeHere are the surnames of County Tipperary! Names supplied by our readers – their ancestors came from County Tipperary originally.

Is your County Tipp name here? If not – let me know what you want to add in the comment section below.

Names are:

Ahern, Aylward, Bannon, Barry, Beary, Blake, Bonney, Browne, Brunnock, Burgess,  Butler, Cahill, Cain, Carney, Carroll, Coady, Coffey, Colue, Coughlin, Cummings, Daley, Daly, Dempsey, Doherty, Donnelly, Donovan, Dwyer, Egan, Emerson, Fannons, Field, Flynn, Fogarty, Galligan, Gaynor, Giltinane, Gleason, Gleeson, Hawkes, Hawkins, Hayes, Hogan, Houlihan, Hyland, Kennedy, Keogh, Kirwan, Lahy, Lanigan, Lonergan, Long, Luttrell, Lynch, Mackey, Madden, Maher, Maloughny, McGrath, Meagher, Meara, Mooney, Nolan, O’Bannon, O’Brien, O’Donnell, O’Dwyer, O’Gorman, O’Halloran, O’Mara, O’Meara, O’Neill, O’Sullivan, Pendergrast, Purcell, Purtill, Quinlan, Rockett, Roughan, Ryan, Shea, Smeltzer, Talbot, Tobin, Torpey, Tracy, Walsh

And this is a picture of the wonderful Cahir Castle in Cahir, County Tipperary.

  • Mary Butler Arnold says:

    My Britt, Brett and Crotty families lived in Clonmel.

    • Mike says:

      I have you down for a lot of other names – Mary – these ones now added 🙂

    • Dianne Britt says:

      HI Mary,

      We may be related. My ancestors are Patrick, John, Michael Britt from the Clonmel, Clonagam area, Look me up on FaceBook, I’ll give you my email address.

      Dianne Britt

      • Ellen Crawford Scherer says:

        Margaret Britt Callahan, born in 1789 was my 3rd great grandmother. She came from Clonmel, County Tipperary to NYC where she died 14 Aug 1882. Her son, Michael Callahan was born abt 1830 Tipperary, Ireland & died 8 Aug 1913 London, Madison, Ohio, USA. He married Julia Donahue
        born 20 Nov 1826 County Tipperary, Ireland and died 14 Feb 1899 Madison County, Ohio, USA. They had a son, Michael who married Bridget Ryan. Their daughter Julia Mae (Mary) Callahan married Leo J. Fraher and produced my mother, Mary B. Fraher Crawford. We’ve been unable to id the the Britt Callahan antecedents. One of these days, I expect we’ll stumble upon it. If you know or recognize Margaret Britt’s connections, please let me know.

        Thank you.

  • Mary Butler Arnold says:

    Also, Moloney and Lloyd families lived in County Tipperary.

  • Pamela Murungi says:

    Fennessy please. I know my line came from Tipperary. 🙂

  • Peggy Scully says:

    My Dad said our Scullys were from Tipperary. They sailed from Cork, is that nearby?

  • Breda Nolan says:

    What about English

  • Breda Nolan says:

    And Clancy

  • Tracy says:

    Tucker (O’Tuachair)

  • Kathleen Crivello says:

    My grandmother, Jane Houlihan, came from County Cork. Do you have any background information on Houlihan?

    • Mike says:

      Hi Kathleen – the spelling “Houlihan” is the one you get in Munster. Its from the Irish “Ó hUallacháin” which is derived from the word “proud”. Mike.

  • Richard O'Mara says:

    Hi Mike, my Greatgrandfather Michael O’Mara born about 1837 came to the U.S. before 1865 but not much is known about him. I have been told the name comes from the Tipperary area. Any information on the name?

  • Karen says:

    My Grandfather was a Webster born in Kilcooley Tipperary, the majority of his family were from Kilcooley, The Commons, Thurles. The earliest year that I have found regarding my ancestors is for 1803 and the places Buolick and Bolintlea.

  • Patricia Foster says:

    My 2nd great grandparents were- John Mulleen and Catherine Prendeville, they were married in Fermoy, county Cork Dec. 19, 1851. John Mulleens father was Hardy Mulleen and Catherine’s father was Thomas Prendeville.
    my 3rd great grandparents James Green , born 1790 and Catherine Rafter, born 1803 were married in Kilkenny Nov. 1, 1820. They had 10 children all born in Ireland, one of which was Cecelia Bridget Green, born 1825, who is my g,g grandmother, she married Thomas Shannon also from Ireland born 1820
    My 1st great grandparents were John Gleason and Mary Sullivan, family says they also came from County Cork, Mary’s parents were Jeremiah and Ellen Sullivan, I have no other information on them.
    I cannot find any other information on any of them.
    Patricia Foster

  • Michael Slattery says:

    My “Slattery” Family was from Lisronagh, County Tipperary. My G-G Grandfather, Patrick John Slattery, was born in 1839. His baptism and the baptism of his siblings were recorded in the St. John the Baptist Church at Lisronagh. Thanks!

  • John Fennessy says:

    Please add the surname, Fennessy (O Fianusa} to your Tipperary list. Many Fennessys in Cashal and Clonmel.

  • Phyllis Furphy says:

    My great, great grandfather, Charles Michael Costillo, was born in County Tiperrary in 1832. His name was spelled “Castillo” until he came to the United States, where it changed due to a spelling error.

  • Bevely Thomas says:

    One of my ancestral lines were Cannaday. My research says that it is a form of or derived from the surname of Kennedy. Can you tell me if there are Cannaday’s in Ireland and in what county the may be found? My DNA for ethnicity show that I am 34% Irish.

  • Regina says:

    I have been able to trace my great grandmothers family, Meagher several generations. Would love any info on that surname you might have. Thanks!!!

  • Mark Torpey says:

    Looking for James Torpey b. c. 1844 to Patrick Torpey & Alice Drohan in Carrick-on-Suir. Immigrated to Philadelphia about 1865, but cannot find any records in the region before his arrival in the US other than his parents names which were detailed on his Pennsylvania Death Certificate. He married Catherine “Kate” Hickey shortly after landing in Philadelphia. Her surname was commonly intertwined with the Torpey family as well in Ireland. I can find other siblings before and after James’ birth, but no birth or baptismal records specifically for him. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Mary Dalton-Henderson says:

    Hello!! looking for information on Hanley’s in the early 1800s that immigrated to the u.s. from Spring Hill. also, some Hanleys from Bansha, inn county Tipperary. Hope you are having a fabulous day!!

  • Dennis F.M. Marr says:

    Using the Irish Catholic Parish Registers at Ancestry.com, I learned that our name in Ireland was Mara. An 1812 baptism record for my ancestors John Mara and Catherine Carroll’s daughter Honor (Diocese of Cashel & Emly, Templemore) describes John Mara as “farmer, Killea.”

  • Anna says:

    My Tipperary ancestors were the Norrises

  • Robert says:

    My Tipperary ancestors were the O’Donnells and the McGraths

  • bill Hickey says:

    My ancester William Christopher came to newfoundland in late 1700s. His cousins were dees and Donnelly’s. Are these surnames still there??

  • Karen Lee says:

    O’Neill from Barrowhouse Townland, near Athy

  • Beatrice Pasciuti says:

    I am trying to find information on my Grandfathelr Daniel Coughlin who came from Thurles Tipperary to US just before blizard of 88 He had two sisters one married a Brown think there was a OBrian name if family

  • Deborah Young says:

    Young ( as per the Young’s Point cairn located near Apsley, Ontario, Canada)

  • Kathy Stegman says:

    My surname is Tippery. Is that likely a derivation from Tipperary?

  • Steve Fenton says:

    Do you have any information on the surname FENTON from Tipperary? I understand that my relatives cam from Bansha, Tipperary.

  • Pat Cuthbert says:

    Hello from canada. Looking for info on family name GALLIGAN Richard father to Margaret LEAHY

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