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Kirk was also noted as synonymous with Kirkpatrick around Coleraine and Limavady in Co. Derry at the start of the twentieth centry (see Kirkpatrick). Griffith's Griffith's Valuation is a mid-nineteenth century property survey showing who lived where in Ireland between 1847 and 1864. But some Campbell families have a kinship group that includes the surname Caulfield which is an anglicised form of the name Mac Cathmhaoil , a county Tyrone Irish Gaelic family that used both Caulfield and Campbell as anglicised … This Thomas is the first of the Symington name. In Ulster, a Kelly sept, claiming descent from Colla, the 4th century King of Ulster, was based in south Derry. However, the earliest record of it as a surname is the de Bard family of Lanarkshire in the thirteenth century. The family can also be found in Stirling, Dunfreiss, and East Lothian. Here are the 100 most common surnames in Munster for the 1901 census. The Boyds decend from Robert Stewart one of two Norman brothers who founded the Royal Stuart dynasty in Scotland. It is found in England as Jenyns as early as 1332. This probably derives from the personal name Fearadhach, meaning 'manly'. Common in the Hebrides and at one time very numerous in Badenoch. The Uí Briúin Bréifne, or O'Brien Breffny, are a branch of the Uí Briúin kin-group. The MacBaxters were also noted on the Highland Border and in the Isles. In the 19th century it is reported that in one village in Banffshire inhabitated by 300 people no less than 225 had the surname Watt. These in turn had descended from le seigneur de Barde who came to England with William the Conqueror. Ancestry, Family and Ancestral Research All Rights Reserved. Their territory was said to have included an area west of Lough Neagh as well as north-west of Lough Neagh. Also found as Legat,Leggatt, and Ligatt It is usually of the nickname type. In Donegal, where the name is most common, it is from Ó Corraidhín, giving Curran, Curren and Curreen. Very numerous: all areas, especially Ulster and Galway-Mayo. The Uí Nialláin, or Clan Cernaich, descend from Nialláin, son of Féicc, son of Feidelmid, who was the son of Fiachra Cassán. The leader of the men of Surrey in AD 853 was “Huda”. The top 20 most common surnames in Dublin. From Gillacrist “Servant of Christ”. For example, the Irish name Ó Flaithbheartaigh is Anglicised as Flaherty, Flaffery and Flaverty in Connacht, however due to the aspiration of the 'F' in Ulster Irish, it is Anglicised and recorded as Laverty and Lafferty in Ulster thus the F variants have been excluded. Also known in Linton in Roxburghshire, where one of the aforementioned William’s received another land grant. These families can sometimes also be found as McGibbon or McKibbon. Some didn’t make it the whole way and resettled on the island of Islay in the Western Isles where they can still be found in numbers. Other MacRobbs of Callander and Kilmadock in Perthshire were also early settlers. But all references point to Arbroath as the source of the surname. By the 12th century, the Cianachta would be conquered by the Ó Cathaín. In Ulster it is most common  in Co. Antrim, in the south of which it has occasionally been made Junkin. There were five William Somervilles in succession the last dying in 1282. For a time the Cenél Eóghain and Cenél Conaill alternated as kings of the Northern Uí Néill until the 8th century. Little is known about the origins of the name. Clans and septs that are claimed to descend from Colla Fochríth but with no other information given include; Ui Maine, Fir Dubhshlat, Ui Conaill, and Ui Luain. John Millar of Renfrewshire was an early undertaker in the Plantation and settled in the Parish of Magheraboy in County Fermanagh. The Uí Meic Uais descend from Ercc, a son of Colla Uais. Can be of both Irish and Scottish origin. (also originally from Donegal). Of the thirty warriors from each side selected to fight in single combat only one Davidson survived by climbing the enclosure and swimming the River Tay. Origins in Ulster :Plantation Scottish Also found as McHugh and Hoey even Haughey. Many can be found in the 1631 muster rolls in Ardstraw and Castlederg. To commission a research report today please visit "Research Services", Home | Contact | The Mulhollands  claim as their homeland the Parish of Loughinsholin in County Londonderry. All these placenames were originally spelt Rolvestun, meaning 'Rolf's farm'. Another of the “Gille” names. The homeland of the sept was Co. Sligo and it has spread into the neighbouring counties of Ulster. In Scotland the name has been recorded in Ayrshire and Wigtownshire, where it is of Irish origin. William de Somerville was the first of the name in Scotland when he came in the train of King David 1 and received lands in Lanarkshire,where the family settled and remained. By the 14th century, they were subjugated by the Maguires. Were in the service of McDonald, Lord of the Isles and by the 15th century owned a large part of Mull and Tiree as well as extensive lands on Jura, Islay and Scarba. A prominent partaker in the 1066 conquest the family soon became very powerful in England. century. but this is a mistake. The name is in Gaelic Ó hEaghra and the family was originally of Co. Sligo, descendants of one Eaghra, pronounced 'ara', a chief of Leyny in that county. Their territory was in County Fermanagh. Only counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh and Cavan were actually 'planted', portions of land there being distributed to English and Scottish families on their lands and for the building of bawns. Irwin in Ulster is very often confused with Irvine especially in Fermanagh. Clann Ceallaigh descend from Cellach, son of Tuathal, king of the Uí Chremthainn, who in turn was descended from Daimine, one of the sons of Cairpre Dam Argait, and are part of the Síl Daim Argait. Martin (8341) 10. A number of Vans and Vaus names can be found in early Plantation land grants especially in County Donegal. Would have been considered followers of the O’Neills. In Ireland, apart from a few MacCurdys in Co. Derry, the name is found exclusively in Co. Antrim, as is MacMurtry. Welcome to Ulster Ancestry Genealogy, family history and probate research in Northern Ireland Family History & Genealogy Research Reports . Septs include the Ó Comhraidhe (O'Curry, Currie), Uí Meic Uais Breg, in the barony of Upper Kells and Lower Navan, county Meath. It is likely the Macilmories who settled in Ulster were actually Macilmorrows from Ballantrae Parish where the name was also found as McElmurro, McElmurre and Macilmurry around 1600. Porter is an occupational name and though it can derive from the Old French porteur, meaning a 'carrier of burdens', its main derivation is from the Old French portier, a 'porter' or 'doorkeeper'. Murphy (23511) 3. In the Monaghan Hearth Money Rolls of 1663 it appears as O'Hessan. A very popular and therefore common name in both England and Scotland where it is more readily found as More or Muir. When you feel you have accumulated enough information to move forward into a final search for your ancestors, we at Ulster Ancestry can offer you this service. The name originally in Gaelic is found as Mac Uaid Origins in Ulster: Plantation Scottish Simon Loccard fore runner of the Lockharts of Lee held both places under the Stewarts in the latter part of the 12th in 1558 and thus began a long and bitter feud between the two families. The name, as Gourlay or Gourlie, is also well known in Scotland and there it is territorial in origin, probably from a place of the name in England. was very popular in 17th century Edinburgh. In Ulster there are three basic linguistic groups that contribute to traditional speech patterns today: Irish Gaelic, Ulster-Scots, and Northern Hiberno-English (Ulster-English). Andrew Stewart Lord Ochiltree of Ayreshire was one of the nine Scottish chief undertakers of the Plantation and was granted lands at Mountjoy in Tyrone. Suibhne mac Cinaeda ri Gallgaidhel modernised as MacCinaeda is in fact not Kennedy as supposed but McKenna. Cousins to the Eaglesham Montgomeries were the Montgomeries of Braidstone in Ayreshire. Like Hays it is often used as an anglicisation of the old Irish name O’ hAodha “decendant of Hugh”. His grandson Sir William Stewart was created Lord Mountjoy in 1682. According to tradition he says the name derived from Robert Rule a man who saved the life of King Robert the Bruce by diverting away a ferocious bull about the gore the King to death. Total population of Murphys in Ireland in 1890 was estimated at 62,600. This popular Ulster name is most common in counties Antrim and Armagh and can be of Irish, Scottish or English origin, In England the name, originally Hamel, derives from the Old English word hamel, meaning ''scarred' or 'mutilated'. The Uí Tuírtri territory would expand into the lands north of Lough Neagh as they were driven eastwards by the Northern Uí Néill about the 10th century. Smallest incidence in Donegal (32) and Derry (66). Many Morrisons choose to settle in Fermanagh where the watery landscape best suited the old skills they had learned in the Western Isles. For this act of outstanding bravery he was given the new tithe of Robert “Turnbull”. The name was also found pre plantation in Brute (from where a great many settler families came) and on Arran Island. The name may be English or Scottish. Kelly (10965) 6. The territory of the Cianachta spanned the present-day barony of Keenaght, which derives its name from them. He was a United Irishman and a series of letters he published under the title Billy Bluff and Squire Firebrand drew the attention of the government. As such the O'Hamills claim descent from Binneach, son of Eoghan, son of the fifth-century Niall of the Nine Hostages, founder of the Uí Néill dynasty. In Co. Antrim, where it is most popular, it was found to be most concentrated in the area northwest of Ballymena in the mid-nineteenth century. It was a leading Co. Fermanagh sept up until and including the fifteenth century. This name is Gaelic is Ó Daimhín and the ancestor who gave the sept its name was Daimhín, died 966, the son of Cairbre Dam Argait, King of Oriel. Jenkins is an English name sometimes also found in Scotland. MacCurdy and its variants are still found on Bute but have now disappeared from Arran, Kintyre and the Isles, having become Currie (see Currie). A few years later it appears frequently in the Hearth Money Rolls for that county. A Scottish name from Old English “Huda” a personal name. The Foundation has online records and publications available to help you discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. The prefix O' is now used only in Co. Derry, and there rarely. In Ireland very few of Blairs live outside Ulster where over half are from Co. Antrim and most of the remainder from counties Derry and Tyrone. In the fifteenth century the MacKurerdys, as they were then called, owned most of Bute. More info. Below is a list of other Irish septs in Ulster that can't be attached to any specific Cenél or Clann. This was very common in the Lowlands. Janet Trumble appears in Crosiereige in 1674 and John Trimble in Elsrigle Parish of Libbertoun in 1689. (The Scandinavians did not use the sound 'ch'.) At one stage the O'Lynns ruled a territory stretching all the way to the sea deep in Ulaid territory. A particular concentration of the name was noted north of Newry in Co. Down in the late nineteenth century. The Nobles of Straithnairn ,near Inverness and Strathdean in Nairnshire were a sept of Clan McIntosh. Two Sherrards, Daniel and William, were among the thirteen famous apprentice boys whose unofficial action led to the subsequent successful resistance of the siege of Derry in 1689. (Simon of Ramsay) who is found in Livingstone in 1153 century to various corners of Ulster. Ulster surnames making their mark from the Apollo to the White House From Neil Armstrong to Steven Bannon - the Irish literally are everywhere! The name is in Gaelic Ó Tomhrair, from a Norse personal name, Tomar. Very numerous: Mainly Ulster, also Waterford, Offaly etc. He was granted 1000 acres in Teemore in the barony of Oneilland West in Co. Armagh. Common in Fermanagh since the Plantation this family can be of either English or Scottish extraction. The MacCalls or MacColls, long settled in Argyllshire, were of the race of Clan Donald but in practice followed the Stewarts of Appin. Origins in Ulster Early Plantation c 1620. Outside of Dublin this name is found only in Ulster where it is most common in Co. Antrim. According to Reaney it goes back to the Greek eugenes (well-born), cognate with the Gaelic Irish eoghan. The first human settlements in Ireland, an island lying on the western fringe of Europe, were made relatively late in European prehistory, around 6000 BC. John De Kelly was Abbot of Arbroath in 1373. From the Gaelic Ó, meaning 'grandson', 'grandchild' or 'descendant'; Ní is the femine form of Ó, meaning 'daughter' or 'descendant'. The sept gave Clogher in Co. Tyrone its original name, Clochar Mac nDaimhín. The Geddes produced many churchmen and scholars some very noteworthy.. William Geddes ,son and heir of Charles Geddes, was murdered by the Tweedies. In Co. Monaghan the name Kirke is thought to be a variant of Carragher, Gaelic Mac Fhearchair, through the seventeenth-century variants Kearcher and Kirker. The name is one of the most common in every kind of Irish record since the thirteenth century, but most in Ulster will be of post-Plantation origin. Kelly was known as a surname in Scotland long before the 19th century immigration really established the name there; there was a Kelly sept attached to Clan Donald. The traditional territory of the Uí Briúin Bréifne was known as the kingdom of Bréifne, which included the modern Irish counties of Leitrim and Cavan, along with parts of County Sligo. The Geddes were an old Scottish family of territorial origin from the lands of Geddes in Nairnshire. In the mid-nineteenth century a particular concentration of the name was noted to the north of Dromore, in the barony of Lower Iveagh in Co. Down. W G H P. 11 You will need an atlas or map of Scotland At the foot of the page you will find 8 Ulster-Scots surnames that are also places in Scotland. Origins in Ulster:  Pre Plantation (16th In Scotland the name is found almost exclusively as Adam. The Morrisons of Lewis and Harris,kinsmen of the McLeods, had for years fought a bitter feud with their neighbours the McAuleys of Lewis over water rights. From the old German personal name Walter it was introduced into Britain before the arrival of the Normans. The Gilchrists in Tyrone are though to have originated in both Lanarkshire and Dunfriess. 19. Many Ewing wills are recorded for the dioceses comprising these northern areas. As regards Tyrone the Scottish connection may be more pertinent as a branch of the Ayrshire De Ros family were important undertakers in the Plantation. The kingdom of Bréifne region remained part of the kingdom of Connacht until the time of Queen Elizabeth I when it was shired into the modern counties of Cavan and Leitrim, with Leitrim remaining within Connacht and Cavan becoming part of Ulster. Richard Jennings, a Londoner, is recorded as being “carpenter” to the Drapers Company entrusted with building the first houses in  Moneymore in 1616. However the Fermanagh South Tyrone Johnstons were of the Scottish border reiver family of that name. from Lanarkshire was a Planter who added the “s” in his lifetime. The Cianachta, or the race of Kane, also known as Clann Cian, descend from Cian, son of Oilioll Ólum, king of Munster in the 3rd century. Williams is less common in Ulster than in Leinster and Munster. On 29th December 1592 James Geddes “of Glenhigton” also fell victim to the treachery of the Tweedies in Edinburgh. Here it became an important sept and entered into several marriages and alliances with the great families of Antrim. The Fír Lemna (also known as Uí Tuathail and Síl Tuathail) are cited as being one of the "Trí Tuatha of Oirghialla" alongside the Uí Chremthainn and Síl Dubthir. Especially common in Fermanagh. This may be due to the fact that both the Irwins and the Irvines arrived in Ulster about the same time (1630) from the same part of Dumfriesshire with both settling in Fermanagh, South Tyrone These two became the progenitors of the two Cenél's (or kindreds) that would make up the Northern Uí Néill; the Cenél Eóghain based in Inishowen, with their capital at Ailech; and the Cenél Conaill centered in the rich area of Magh Ithe, in the valley of the river Finn. In Ireland common only in Ulster, Aiken is of Scottish origin. Today a growing number of people feel the need to seek out their family roots and ancestry here in Ireland. From the town of the same name in Roxburghshire. It gave rise to a host of surnames including Williamson and Williams but by far the most common was Williams. There were O'Quigleys, a sept of the Uí Fiachra of Co. Mayo, and another sept of Inishowen in Donegal. The Northern Uí Néill would also alternate the High-Kingship of Ireland with their southern cousins the Southern Uí Néill into the 10th century. It is to be distinguished from Ó hOisín and Ó hOiseáin (see Hession and Hishon). Top 100 Irish Surnames & Last Names (Family Names Ranked) The Top 20 Irish Surnames and Meanings. He became President of Munster in 1584 and was succeeded by his brother Thomas in 1597. It was most prevalent in Cork (3087 households), Wexford (1688), Kilkenny (888). The Aidys and Eadies are part of the clan Gordon.although MacAdams were related to other clans. It is fairly common in both Scotland and Ireland from about the thirteenth century onwards but most in Ulster arrived in the post-Plantation period. During the Plantation of Ulster (British colonization of Ireland), many Scots settled down in Fermanagh, where the name grew into Irish custom. 10 Irish surnames that are always mispronounced in America Origins in Ulster: English and Scottish Plantation. Also Rainy and Rannie and Rennie Some Donegal McDaids (the sept of Max Daibheid) kinsmen to the Dohertys anglicised to Davison in that County and also in Tyrone and Derry. There was a Hasson of Wexford among the "principal gentlemen" of that county in 1598, but that family was no doubt of non-Gaelic stock and a John Hassane was an influential merchant in Wexford fifty years earlier. The placename itself derives from the Gaelic blar, meaning 'plain', 'field' or 'battlefield'. Another branch of this family from Cumberland close to the Scottish borders resettled in Co Monaghan. The Irish surname Ó Floinn is prevalent in the province of Ulster. It's worth looking up your own Irish roots. An English family of the name settled in East Lothian in the 12th century and the name spead to Dumbartonshire. The name Uí Méith survives as the present day name of the village Omeath. The map details the precise location where farmers with each Plantation Surname concentrated in early census data. , “son of Watt”. If you have some Irish blood then you are almost certainly proud of the fact. It is more common in Co. Antrim than elsewhere and most will be of English or Welsh origin. The same for Flynn outside of Ulster, which is Lynn in Ulster. Sommerville take their family name from a town near Caen in Normandy. Sometimes spelt as Bunan Bunyan or Bunion. The name in Ireland is common in Galway Cork Mayo and Dublin but less so in Ulster. Their territory was in County Monaghan. From the Irish Gaelic airchinneach, meaning 'hereditary steward of church lands'. It can be of English or Scottish origin. It is now quite numerous in Donegal and Derry where it was found in the seventeenth century as the Hearth Money Rolls attest. The name is also found as Rollstone and Rowlston. This Donegal name is from MacColl, Gaelic Mac Colla, the name of a galloglass family introduced there from Argyllshire in the sicteenth century. This name is found in all the provinces of Ireland but is common only in Ulster, where it is strongest in counties Down, Derry and Antrim. MacBrearty, an exclusively Ulster name, is most common in counties Tyrone and Donegal. Like many similar tales the story may have been made to fit the name rather than the reverse. The descendants of the Scots, English and Welsh (plus later Palintines) who poured into Ireland from the beginning of the 16th Century, can still be found farming the lands that their ancestors first settled hundreds of years ago. The Highland name MacWilliam was also anglicised as Williamson (see MacWilliams). It was first noted in a variety of places in the early 13th century . As a noun it is used to denote the Irish language, as an adjective to denote native Irish as opposed to Norman or English origin. (1847-64), as on the map Click on a county to ... Surname Dictionary . 1. The same for Flynn outside of Ulster, which is Lynn in Ulster. It is an English toponymic and can derive from several places called Rolleston or Rowlston in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire or Yorkshire. Macilmorie is from the Scottish Gaelic Macgiolla Mhuire The family as either M’Ilmorie or M’Kilmorie were found in Rothesay in medieval times. Ulster-Scots and Ulster-English are not only closely related to each other linguistically, but also are both considered to have originated from the 17th-century dialects of south-west Scotland and the north-west midlands of England respectively(3). Donovan (8436) 9. Ireland is now rare there but fairly numerous in Ulster.Mac). The O'Ferrys were followers of the MacSweeneys. It appears in the Co. Armagh Hearth Money Rolls of 1664 in three parishes. Mullin (1966). Gilkinson is an abbreviation of the name Gilchristson the anglicized form of MacGilchrist (grandson of Gilchrist). This “ Adams” family were early settlers in Cavan. This is not to be confused with Kilfedrick, which is a rare synonym of Kilpatrick. It bears the insciption in Irish Gaelic “Oriot do Gillacrist doringne t”, “A prayer for Gilchrist who made this cross”. The Ulster Gilmores were a very powerful family controlling large territories in the baronies of Antrim Castlereagh and Lecale before the Plantation. The surname origin of English surnames such as Bingham, Mitchell, Shaw and Turner are just some examples of derived northern Irish last names commonly found in northern Ireland. The territory of Airthir was centered in Ard Macha (Co. Armagh), along the eastern baronies of Orior. Origins in Ulster : English and Scottish Plantation. In Scotland the Johnston name also has a number of origins. In a famous “show down” the Morrisons were all but wiped out by the McAuleys, the survivors escaping in three long boats to Rathlin Island. Origins in Ulster Scottish Plantation There are several in the Co. Donegal Hearth Money Rolls of 1665 (one appearing, presumably by error, as O'Monigal). Ulster Historical Foundation Telling the story, since 1956, ... Surname. The following terms are noted in the Annals to describe or group the clans and septs that would descend from Rochad: The Clann Nadsluaig descend from Nadsluag, one of the sons of Cairpre Dam Argait, and part of the Síl Daim Argait. Bell – Bell was a very common surname in County Antrim, Ireland. Often surnames are a giveaway. The Davidsons were part of the great Clan Chattan federation and as a part of this fought as the Clan Kay against the McPhersons at the celebrated battle of North Inch at Perth in 1396 The most common form of the name is now Quigley, but Kegley and Twigley are also found. MacCurdy is common on the islands of Arran and Bute, where it is a variant of MacMurtrie, a sept of Clan Stuart of Bute. Mac GiollaDomhnaigh, too, states that Ewing, also found as MacEwing, is a form of the well known Scottish name MacEwen, gaelice Mac Eoghain, i.e. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Irish_clans_in_Ulster&oldid=962926352, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Uí Meic Uais Mide, in the barony of Moygoaish, county Westmeath. The region of Magh Lemna is given as being in the parishes of Clogher and Errigal Keerogue in southern Co. Tyrone bordering Co. Monaghan. "The Ulster Clans", Robert Bell (1988) . Another form of Bennett “son of Benjamin” Patrick Benson was member of Parliament for Perth in 1560. The Gilmores and the Morrisons were blood relatives. Origins in Ulster: Plantation ScottishThe surname derives from the old English personal name Arcebald, Arcenbald or even Ercenbald meaning either “right bold” or “holy prince”The first of the name in Scotland was Archebaldus filius Swani de Forgrunde in the reign of William the Lion. Ewing is quite a numerous surname in Ireland; in 1866 there were 27 births registered for it. The unusual name MacAragh  which is taken from Wade and McQuaide can be found only in Irvinestown County Fermanagh. By the seventeenth century the name was most numerous in Armagh and Monaghan and by 1900 was also common in Louth. Abraham Martin of this family (died 1664) was the first king’s pilot on the St Lawrence River Canada and the Plains of Abraham the scene of the battle of 1759 were named from the grant of land he received in 1617. The mass migration which occurred during the 17th centurygovernment-sponsored Plantation scheme was to have a massive impact on Ulster. The name Kilpatrick often translated as “servant of Patrick” is of local origin from one or more places so named. Rainey and the variant spellings are pet forms of Reynold a spoken form of Reginald. The Dumfriesshire name Kirkhoe, now rare, also became Kirk. The name derives from the Old English word bœcestre, meaning a 'female baker', and was common in Angus. The first of the name on record there was William de Hameville in thirteenth-century Annandale in Dumfriesshire. The Hopper family are still found in Coldingham in 1593 just some 20 years before the Plantation so this may be the origins of the Ulster Hopper family. The two principal families of Uí Briúin Bréifne were the O'Rourkes and O'Reillys, who after a great battle in 1256, split the kingdom into East Bréifne and West Bréifne. Another brother, Henry (d.1599), is favourably mentioned by the Four Masters. Discover your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestry with Ulster Historical Foundation. In Scotland the name is of Norman territorial origin. Woulfe makes this name Ó Fionnmhacháin and says it is a rare Munster name of which he can find no early form. Forde has been widely used in the anglicisation of several native Irish families The name Watt is exclusive to Ulster and can be of either Scottish or English origin. It was originally MacGourley, from Mag Thoirdealbhaigh, 'son of Turlough', a Tyrone-Antrim variant of the Armagh-Down name MacTurley. they were driven out of their Kerry homeland by the O’Donaghues in the 11th century. Johnston (10602) 7. Quigley is an Irish surname that has been prevalent in the Emerald Isle since the 16th century. These are the surnames that come from specific counties in Ireland. According to the books of Lecan and Ballymote, the Síl Ciarain Uí Echach were located in Airthir. Some in Tyrone may decend from such families or from later post plantation families. The majority of the Lowland Scottish families are from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and Gallowayshire, and most of these families migrated to Ireland during the Ulster Plantation (1609-1720).
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