A Letter from Ireland:

The Surnames of County Westmeath


County Westmeath My Ancestral HomeThese are the surnames of our readers whose ancestors came from County Westmeath.

Is your County Westmeath surname here?

Ahearn, Begley, Bohan, Brady, Broder, Brougham, Byrnes ,Callahan, Cashin ,Coffey,Cormack, Daly, Darcy, Delamer, Dooley, Earley, Farrell ,Flynn, Foley, Gaffney, Gallagher, Gavin, Geoghan ,Geraghty, Gorman, Heaney, Jeffries, Kehoe, Kenny, Killoughy ,Lavin, MacGeoghegan, MacNamee, Manning, Mannion, McGuigan ,Mulhall ,Nally, Nugent, O’Farrell ,O’Rourke ,Redden, Reilly ,Rush, Stanley, Tormey ,Tyrrell,

And this is a picture of one of the oldest settlements in Ireland – bridge over the River Shannon in the town of Athlone.

  • Pauline McCarthy says:

    I did send my surnames to you before but they don’t appear here, they are ‘Connaughty’ &’Garvey’. The first name changed to ‘Conaty’ in Australia. My cousin & I have done extensive research on our tree & have discovered that our Great great Aunt, Anne Conaty married a John Flynn in Australia & became the Great grandmother of Erroll Flynn the great actor. Love reading your posts, keep it going, thanks, Pauline McCarthy

  • Desiree' says:

    My grandfather is a Farrell. We have traced his family back to Capt. Hubert Farrell from Westmeath Longford Ireland. Cant wait to visit Westmeath some day.

    • David says:

      That’s my 11th great grandfather. I’m a Ferrell from North Carolina. Traced my ancestors back to Hubert from Westmeath as well.

  • Jackie Richert says:

    Dear Mike.
    I have just recently found your site and it ‘s simply wonderful. I do have a question which I hope you can shed some light on. My great -gr -gr-grandfather was supposedly from Athlone . I how ever can find no direct immigration for him and the Canadian census I have has his birthplace listed as Gibralter or Spain ? Would this have been a ships port stop on travel ? I wondered if he could have been born on board the ship ? The family which I think was his immigrated to Canada in 1832. The family name is Duggan . Any guess or explanation might be of help. Thank you . Jackie Duggan Richert.

  • John K. Flynn 234 North L Street Oxnard, Ca. 93030 says:

    My great, great grandfaher came from Westmeath to New York about 1840. he joined the Army and was stationed in Florida because of the Indian wars. He left with a disability discharge and became active in the Gold Rush in California. I have scant information about him but according to records he was born in 1823. I am not certain about his first name Karin but his last name was Flynn I have considered Kieran to be his first name.. He could not nor write and his name became Karin probably due to misspellings by officials. He became a farmer in Yolo County California . On the way to California he married Calista Richardson and had five children one of who was William Karin Flynn, who was my grandfather. I am still looking for more information. My name is John Karin Flynn-phone 805-486-8976 and my e-mail: johnkflynn@aol.com

  • Patrick O'Flynn says:

    Is it possible his name was Cannon (Canning) Flynn
    as my ggranfather William Flynn dob 1830ish was married to Anna Cannon and I heard it said that the Flynns and Cannons were first cousins on the double their eldest son Patrick was born in 1859

  • Katie Burke says:

    Looking for Farrell family of Westmeath. My dad was adopted from Dublin in 1964. Birth mother was Nancy “Ann” Farrell originally from Westmeath. She had ten brothers and sisters and was born around 1932.

  • Brad Traylor says:

    My great-great-grandfather, Michael powers, came from Westmeath. He was born in 1830 in Killucan and immigrated to America with two of his brother in 1855. His father was John Powers and his mother was Margaret Cole. He ended up settling in Carroll County, Georgia.

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