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A branch of the MacMurroughs and from Co. Wexford.
In Co. Mayo it is derived from the Irish word for Œlife¹, where it is also anglicised as McVeigh. As Vahy it is sometimes a synonym of Fahy.
An abbreviation of McAvaddy.
a variant of the Norman surname Veale
A English surname derived from the Latin valens meaning strong. Settled in Co. Wicklow in the 16th and still found there in adjoining counties.
De Valera
A Spanish surname belonging to the former freedom fighter, politician and statesman Eamon de Valera (1882-1975). Derived from a Spanish placename.
A Co. Armagh surname sometimes synonymous with Varrelly though distinct from it in origin.
derived from the Irish word meaning freckled and also synonymous with Vallelly.
Derived from the Old-English word meaning marsh or fen and found in Ulster since its arrival in the 17th century.
A Dutch name found in Co. Clare since the mid-17th century.
MacVann, Vean
A variant of the Scottish and Ulster name McBean found in north Connacht.
a variation on Fergus.
Of uncertain origin but associated with Co. Cork since the mid-1600s.
Varley, Varrelly
a Connacht name derived from the Irish meaning sharp-eyed man. Sometimes synonymous with Vallelly and Farrelly.
A Co. Leitrim variation on Waugh.
The name of the Welsh family is this name is derived from that language¹s word for little and some of the family settled in Ireland in the early 1500s. Also an anglicisation of Mohan or Maughan. Most of the Vaughans in Ireland are connected with the latter as is the Co. Clare town of Ballyvaughan.
A Co. Armagh surname derived from the Irish word for life. Found in parts of Antrim and Down and also spelt MacVey and in some cases changed to McEvoy, but that name is probably derived from the Irish word for woodman. See Vahey.
A Norman name which is Waterford became de Bhál (Wall). Also synonymous with Calf or Calfe.
A Scottish surname derived from the French vache meaning cow. Prominent in Cos. Cavan and Monaghan in the late 1600s.
a form of the surname Weldon.
A Hiberno-Norman family that settled in Co. Louth, but the numbers have declined since the 17th century.
a form of McAree that originated in Cos. Down and Armagh.
An English name of French origin.
McVicar, McVickers
An Ulster surname of Scottish origin and not common outside of Ulster. Derived form vicarius the Latin for agent.
Introduced into Co. Cork in the 1600s this English name is also derived from the Latin meaning agent.
A surname taken by members of the MacNaboe family in Cos. Cavan and Longford on the understanding that their name was derived from the Irish word bua meaning victory.
The family settled in Co. Carlow in the early 1600s. The name is derived from the French meaning strong.
An English family that settled in Dublin and Limerick in the 1600s. Also adopted by members of the McAvinchey family in Co. Derry.
Mostly found in Co. Antrim and similar derivation as Beatty,
a form of Wogan found in Cos. Cavan and Armagh.