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McQuaid, McQuade
From the Irish meaning ‘son of Wat’, with the prefix the surname is found in Monaghan and surrounding counties. Without the prefix it is found mainly in Limerick. The name Qua, found in Armagh is possibly an abbreviation.
Quail, Quayle
Of Manx origin, found mainly in Louth and parts of east Ulster. Queale is a less common form.
Found in parts of Mayo and Galway, a variation of the name MacWalter. A branch of the Connacht Burke clan.
A variation of the surname Queeney, found in Co. Roscommon.
In Cos. Cork and Waterford it is a Huguenot name derived from the Old-French for ‘squarely built’. In Ulster it is short for the Scottish MacQuarrie.
Originated in south Kilkenny and in north Clare. Not to be confused with Kealy, Keeley or Kiely.
Almost exclusively found in Cos. Sligo and Roscommon. Cunnane and not Kinnane is variation.
Scottish in origin and found in Ulster. Without the prefix is sometimes a variant of Queen in Louth and Monaghan. Same derivation as MacSweeney, Mac Suibhne. ŒSuibhne¹ suggesting a pleasant person.
A synonym of MacWeeney in Co. Roscommon and Mulqueeney in Co. Clare. Derivation similar to McQueen.
Has its origins in Devon, England and occasionally a variant of Quirke in Co. Cork.
Originated in Co. Mayo but found in most parts of the country. In sporting terms associated with Co. Wexford, because of a famous hurling family of that name. There is some speculation that it is derived from an Irish word meaning a person with dishevelled hair. Cogley and Kegley are variants.
In the west, where the prefix is no longer used in the English form, the name is a branch of the Staunton family, also translated as Culkin or Culkeen. In Ulster it may be a synonym of MacKellican.
From the Irish word for ‘hazel’, it has its origins in Co. Kerry and is also found in neighbouring Co. Cork.
Has its roots in Co. Antrim and spread to neighbouring counties in the north east. It was adopted by the Mandevilles, a Norman family who became immersed into Irish culture. In some instances it was changed to McCullen or MacWilliam.
From the Old-French meaning ‘maker of quills’, it is associated with north Kerry since the Middle Ages.
A Munster name particularly associated with Co. Limerick. Kielty is a variation found in Connacht. In Ulster sometimes used as a variant of Small (possibly from the Irish caol meaning ‘slender) and Woods (from coillte the Irish for ‘woods’)
Possibly from the Irish meaning ‘gracefully shaped’. Originated in Leinster, a branch of the O’Neill’s descended from Laoghaire, High King of Ireland at the time of St. Patrick. In some cases has evolved into Connellan or Conlon.
A Co. Clare form of Quinlan.
Has its origins in four distinct septs from Antrim, Clare, Longford and Tyrone. The Irish O’Cuinn is a derivation of the first name Conn.
An English surname dating back to the 11th century from the Old-English meaning ‘woman-war’.
A Tyrone surname possibly derived from the first name Coinneach (Canice or Kenny). Anglicised as Cunny in Co. Sligo and also sometimes changed to Quinn.
A Tipperary name and one of the leading family of Clanwilliam. Kirk, Quick and even Oates (mistranslation of the Irish coirce meaning oats) are synonyms.
Quish, Cush
Originated in Cos. Limerick and Cork, possibly derived the from the Irish cois meaning ‘leg’, thus suggesting a courier.