Now found mostly in Dublin but established in various parts of
Ireland since the fourteenth century. An old English name.
The Scottish form of the name Atkinson, it was a lot more common
hundreds of years ago where it was very popular in Fermanagh and
Wicklow. Nowadays it is found mostly in the north of the country.
Very few examples of the name are recorded in any other part of
the island of Ireland apart from Ulster where it is commonplace.
Like many other names up north, it is believed to have originated
There are quite a few versions of this name and they are found in
several widely differing regions of the country such as Cork, Armagh,
Cavan, Mayo, Kerry, Tipperary, Dublin and Belfast.
An anglicised version of Cunniff, sister versions include MacNiff
which is widely found in the west of Ireland and Fermanagh and Donegal.
Found in Monaghan.
As distinct from MacAdam, Adams is of English origin but is generally
confined to the north-east of Ireland.
Connected closely to the ONeill clan of Tyrone. Appropriately
enough, the name in Gaelic means action. Mostly found in the northern
part of the island.
In Irish it is spelt OhEachtighearna which means lord of the
horse. Belonging to one of the main septs of Clare and part of County
Limerick, the clan migrated from the that area to Co. Cork and Waterford
and the south of Ireland remains their stronghold.
Found mostly in the north-east of Ireland, it is often replaced
by Mullarney or MacLarney in the midlands. In Co. Monaghan the name
An old mid-Ulstr name found in Tyrone and Armagh.
Very common in Ulster but originates from Scotland where various
derivatives are plentiful. Particularly numerous in Co. Tyrone.
Again a name with plenty of variations although McAleese is by far
the most common name. Thought to have made its way to Ireland from
the Scottish Highlands and is the name of a prominent Derry sept.
In Gaelic it is written Mac Giolla Fhiondain or devotee of St. Fintan.
Its popularity is confined to the northern part of Ireland
and is particularly common in the Armagh and Down areas.
Again a name native to Scotland. It is believed that it was popularised
in the north of Ireland following the arrival here some five hundred
years ago by mercenary soldiers from across the North Sea.
Related to the Campbells of Scotland but boasts an English pedigree
also. Can be found mostly nowadays in Tipperary, Offaly and Cork.
Literally means son of Andrew. Of English origin, it is one of the
most numerous English names to be found in the north-east of the
One of the most numerous English names in the whole of Ireland.
It has been a common name north, south, east and west since the
18th century but is particularly plentyful in Co. Dublin.
Son of the Bishop. Not that common, except in Co. Tyrone.
Uncommon apart from east Leinster, especially the Wicklow/Kildare
The name Traynor has been replaced by Armstrong over the years in
many parts of the country, but in particular in Ulster where it
is very prominent. Usually English though.
Very common in the Louth-Monaghan plus Armagh areas. This sept is
closely related to the McMahons of Monaghan.
Again a name which is popular around the border counties, particularly
Co. Monaghan. It is closely related to King (Mac an Ri).
Common in Co. Cavan and further afield in Breffny but hardly anywhere
else. It is thought to be a Gaelic name without any English or Scottish
pedigree, perhaps deriving its name from St. Fearga.
Doubt surrounds the origin of this name but it is found mainly in
Clare. Sometimes Harkin with the the H.
Of English origin, it comes from the word hermitage and has been
found in Ireland since the 18th century. It is most common in Tipperary
Is more commonly used as a first name internationally but those
bearing this surname can trace their ancestry in Ireland back to
the middle ages. Most common now in Dublin.
Takes its name from the tree and has been most common in and around
the Pale since the 14th century.
Sometimes spelt with an e between the last two letters.
It is predominantly found in the border counties and is closely
related to Tavey.
Son of the craftsman. Is sometimes confused with its Scottish cousin,
MacIntyre but its home is in Co. Armagh. Its English equivalent
Believed to derive from the name Adam. Is principally found in the
north-east of the country.
Common name in Westmeath. A shortened version of McCaughey.
A common name which is strongly represented in Offaly, Westmeath,
Sligo and Donegal. Closely related to the MacGuires and the Galweys
A clan which is a branch of the MacCarthys. Very much identified
with the south of Ireland, Kerry in particular.
Of English background and rare in Ireland but there are a number
in Down and the name appears in Connacht also.
In Cavan this name appears as McGivney. McAvinney from Monaghan
and Fermanagh is a branch of the OCahans of Derry.
Of the same tribe as MacWeeney. This version is peculiar to County
Of Anglo-Norman extraction, the Alywards are associated with the
south-east of the country, especially Co. Kilkenny.