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Irish Names and Their Origin.



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Aideen Formed like Aidan from fire. Aideen died of a broken heart when herr husband Oscar, a grandson of Fionn Mac Cool, died in battle.
     



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Barry.

Gaelic equivalent de Barra which is a Cambro-Norman name.

71st most popular name in Ireland.
Boyle Gaelic equuivalent is O Baoill vain pledge. 47th most popular name in Ireland.
Brady. Gaelic equivalent is Mac Bradaigh spirited. 57th most popular name in Ireland.
Brown.

Gaelic equivalent is Mac an Bhreithiun son of Brehon (A Judge).

37th most popular name in Ireland.
Buckley.

Gaelic equivalent is O Buachalla cow herd.

99th most popular name in Ireland.
Byrne

Gaelic equivalent is O Broin raven.

7th most popular name in Ireland.
 

 

 



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Casey Gaelic equivalent is O'Cathasaigh vigilant in war or watchful. 59th most popular name in Ireland.
Cathleen English versions Catherine and Kathleen
Ciara

Other forms are Keera,Keira and Kira. The feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ciar meaning "dark"
Connolly Gaelic equivalent is O'Conghaile fierce as a hound. 23rd most common name in Ireland.
Collins

Gaelic equivalent is O Coileain young warrior.

30th most popular name in Ireland.
Cullen Gaelic equivalent is O'Cuilinn holly. 84th most popular name in Ireland.

 

   



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Declan In 416 AD, a good 15 years or so before the arrival of St. Patrick, Declan built Ireland's earliest Christian settlement in Ardmore in County Waterford. This included an important monastery which played a vital role in spreading Christianity thoughout Ireland before it was re-introduced into a by now predominantly pagan Europe during the dark ages that followed the collapse of Rome. Maybe it is why I like building things. The remains of Declan's settlement can still be seen including a wonderful 29 meter high round tower. It is a fantastic structure, though admittedly not built until 8 centuries later (minor detail). Source
Dubheasa Dubheasa 'dark beauty' Ancient name little used now.
Donovan Gaelic equivalent is O Donnabhain brown black. 67th most popular name in Ireland.
Donnelly Gaelic equivalent is O Donnghaile brown valour. 65th most common name in Ireland.
Doyle Gaelic equivalent is O'Dubhghaill dark foreigner. 12th most popular name in Ireland.

Duffy

Gaelic equivalent is O Dufaigh dark or black. 45th most common name in Ireland.



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Flanagan

Gaelic equivalent is O Flannagain red or ruddy.

69th most popular name in Ireland.



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Gallagher Gaelic equivalent is O Gallchobhair lover of foreigners. 14th most popular name in Ireland
Griffin The Welsh equivalent is Gruffudd. 75th most popular name in Ireland.
     



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Hayes

Gaelic equivalent is O'Hadha fire.

52nd most popoular name in Ireland
Healy

Gaelic equivalent is O hEalaighthe artistic or scientific.

48th most popular name in Ireland.
Higgins

Gaelic equivalent is O Huiginn worthy.

83rd most popular name in Ireland.
 



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Kennedy Gaelic equivalent is O Cinneide helmet-headed. 16th most popular name in Ireland.
Kenny Gaelic equivalent is O'Cionaoith fire sprung. 76th most common name in Ireland.
     



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Lynch Gaelic equivalent is O Loinsigh seafarer or exile 17th most popular name in Ireland.
Lyons Gaelic equivalent is O Laighin grey. 80th most popular name in Ireland



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MacKenna.

Gaelic equivalent is MacCionaoith fire sprung.

88th most popular name in Ireland
MacMahon

The Gaelic equivalent is MacMathuna 'Bear calf'

64th most popular name in Ireland.
MacNamara.

Gaelic equivalent is MacConmara hound of the sea.

94th most popular name in Ireland.
Maher Gaelic equivalent is Meagher fine and majestic. 87th most popular name in Ireland.
Molony. Gaelic equivalent is O'Maolomhnaigh
'Servant of the Church'
97th most popular name in Ireland.
MacDermott Gaelic equivalent is MacDiarmada
'F ree from jealousy'
96th most popular name in Ireland.
McCabe Means son of Cabe. Caob, Gaelic, a bough, branch, a clod, lump, a bit or piece of any thing. Ceap, the top of a hill, a sign set up in time of battle.

McDonagh

Gaelic MacDonnchadha. Variants include MacDonogh, Donaghy and McDonough
Moore Gaelic equivalent is O'Mordha majestic. 20th most popular name in Ireland.
Moran

Gaelic equivalent is O'Morain great.

56th most popular name in Ireland.
Murphy The Irish surname Murphy comes from the Irish Gaelic, Ó Murchú / Ó Morchoe / Ó Murchadha. It is derived from the original Irish word murchadh, which means "sea warrior". The addition of the prefixes Ó and Mac, indicate "descendant of" or "son of". According to legend the Murphy family are the descendants of Heremon and his brother Heber, the ancestors of all of Ireland's ancient Kings. Source
Murray Gaelic equivalent is O'Muireadhaigh lord or master. 18th most popular name in Ireland.

McLoughlin

Gaelic equivalent is MacLochlainn viking. 21st most popular name in Ireland.



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O'Brien Gaelic equivalent is O Briain high and noble. 6th most popular name in Ireland.
O'Carroll.

Gaelic equivalent is O Cearbhaill fearless in battle.

22nd most popular name in Ireland.
O'Connell

Gaelic equivalent is O Conaill strong as a wolf.

25th most popular name in Ireland.
O'Connor The Gaelic equivalent is O'Conchobhair patron of warriors. 9th most popular name in Ireland.
O'Neill It comes from Niall of the Nine Hostages. 10th most popular name in Ireland
O'Dwyer Gaelic equivalent is O Dubhuir black. 100th most popular name in Ireland.
O'Mahony Gaelic equivalent is O Mathuna bear calf. 46th most common name in Ireland.
Orlaith Orlaith or Orlagh golden princess The name was shared by both a sister and a daughter Brian Boru
O'Sullivan Gaelic equivalent is O'Suilleabhain dark-eyed. 3rd most common name in Ireland.

 


 



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Patricia

From the latin "noble; patrician". Feminine form of Patrick.

Power The Gaelic equivalent is de Paor the poor man. 54th most popular name in Ireland.


 

 



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Quinn The Gaelic equivalent is O Cuinn Lord or Master. 19th most popular name in Ireland.


 




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Regan Gaelic equivalent is O'Riagain little king. 66th most popular name in Ireland.
Ryan Gaelic equivalent is O'Maoilriain king. 8th most popular name in Ireland.


 

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Shauna Shauna the feminine form of Sean

 

Sheehan Gaelic equivalent is O'Siodhachain peaceful. 77th most popular name in Ireland.
Sheila Sile or Sheelagh Other forms Sheila, Sheela  
Smith

Gaelic equivalent is MacGabhann son of the smith.

5th most popular name in Ireland.

Sweeney

The Gaelic equivalent is Mac Suibhne pleasant

51st most popular name in Ireland.


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Walsh Gaelic equivalent is Breathnach Welshman. 4th most popular name in Ireland.
Whelan Gaelic equivalent is O'Faolain wolf. 79th most common name in Ireland.

White

Gaelic equivalent is Mac Giolla Bhain of a fair complexion 50th most popular name in Ireland.


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