Ancient Celtic Origin Surnames

This is a list of surnames in which the origin is Ancient Celtic.
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ARTHUR     English, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
ARTHURSON     English
Means "son of ARTHUR".
ARTHURSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ARTHUR".
BEIRNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BERNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BRADEN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRANNON     Irish
From Irish Mac Branain meaning "son of BRAN (1)".
BREEN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Braoin meaning "descendant of Braon", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop".
BRENNAN     Irish
From Irish Ó Braonáin which means "descendant of Braonán", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
BRET     French
French form of BRETT.
BRETT     English
Originally a name given to someone who was a Breton, a person from Brittany.
BRICE     English
From the given name BRICE.
BRITTAIN     English
Variant of BRITTON.
BRITTON     English
Originally given to a person who was a Briton (a Celt of England) or a Breton (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BRYAN     English
From the given name BRIAN.
BRYANT     English
From the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE     English
From the given name BRICE.
BRYSON     English
Means "son of BRICE".
BURNS (2)     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BYRNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BYRNES     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
CAOMHÁNACH     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of KAVANAGH.
CARLISLE     English
From the name of a city in northern England. The city was originally called by the Romans Luguvalium meaning "stronghold of LUGUS". Later the Brythonic element ker "fort" was appended to the name of the city.
CARLYLE     English
Variant of CARLISLE.
CARRAN     Irish
Variant of CURRAN.
CASEY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cathasaigh meaning "descendant of CATHASACH".
CASSIDY     Irish
From Irish Ó Caiside meaning "descendant of Caiside". Caiside is a given name meaning "curly haired".
CAVAN     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimháin meaning "descendant of CAOMHÁN".
CAVANAGH     Irish
Variant of KAVANAGH.
CAVANAH     Irish
Variant of KAVANAGH.
CAVANAUGH     Irish
Variant of KAVANAGH.
CODY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuidighthigh meaning "descendant of CUIDIGHTHEACH". A famous bearer was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
COLLINS (1)     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó COILEÁIN. A famous bearer was Michael Collins, an Irish nationalist leader who was assassinated in 1922.
CONNELL     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Conaill meaning "descendant of CONALL".
CONNOR     Irish
Variant of O'CONNOR.
CULLEN (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó COILEÁIN or Ó CUILINN.
CUMMINS     English, Scottish, Irish
From an Old Breton given name, a cognate of CUIMÍN, introduced to Britain at the time of the Norman Conquest.
CURRAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Corraidhín meaning "descendant of CORRAIDHÍN".
DAVIN     Irish
Variant of DEVIN (1).
DELANEY (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DELANY     Irish
Variant of DELANEY (2).
DEVIN (1)     Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surnames Ó DAMHÁIN or Ó DUBHÁIN.
DEVINE (1)     Irish
Variant of DEVIN (1).
DOLAN     Irish
From the Irish Ó Dubhshláin meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DONAGHUE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
DONNE     Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic donn meaning "brown", a nickname for a person with brown hair.
DONOGHUE     Irish
From Irish Ó Donnchadha meaning "descendant of DONNCHADH".
DONOHOE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
DONOHUE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
DONOVAN     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendant of DONNDUBHÁN".
DOUGLAS     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Dubhghlas, which meant "dark river" from dubh "dark" and glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green"). This is the name of various places in Scotland, such as a tributary of the River Clyde.
DOUGLASS     Scottish
Variant of DOUGLAS.
DOYLE     Irish
From the Irish Ó Dubhghaill, which means "descendant of DUBHGHALL". A famous bearer was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
DUANE     Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó DUBHÁIN.
DUBHGHLAS     Scottish
Gaelic form of DOUGLAS.
DUFF     Scottish
Derived from Gaelic dubh meaning "dark".
DUFFY (1)     Irish
Derived from Irish Ó Dubhthaigh meaning "descendant of DUBHTHACH". Their original homeland was Monaghan where the surname is still the most common; they are also from Donegal and Roscommon.
DUNCAN     Scottish
From the given name DUNCAN.
DUNCANSON     Scottish
Means "son of DUNCAN".
DUNN     English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
ELLIS     English, Welsh
Derived from the given name ELIJAH, or sometimes ELISEDD.
FANNON     Irish
From the Irish Ó Fionnáin which meant "descendant of FIONN".
FERGUSON     Irish, Scottish
Means "son of FERGUS".
FINN     Irish
Derived from the given name FIONN.
FINNEGAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The given name Fionnagán is a diminutive of FIONN.
FINNIN     Irish
Diminutive form of FINN.
FYLAN     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
GUINNESS     Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS. The name is well known because of the Guinness brand of ale, established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
HARVEY     English
From the Breton given name Haerviu (see HARVEY).
HAYES (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAodha meaning "descendant of AODH".
HUGHES (2)     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
HYLAND (2)     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
JEKYLL     English
Derived from the Breton given name JUDICAËL. This name was used by Robert Louis Stevenson for the character of Dr Henry Jekyll in the book 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (1886).
JEWEL     English
Variant of JEWELL.
JEWELL     English
Derived from the Breton given name JUDICAËL.
KAVANAGH     Irish
Derived from the Irish Gaelic name Caomhánach, which means "a student of saint CAOMHÁN". It was the name used by a 12th-century king of Leinster, Domhnall Caomhánach, the eldest son of the historic Irish king Diarmait Mac Murchada.
KAVANAH     Irish
Variant of KAVANAGH.
KAVANAUGH     Irish
Variant of KAVANAGH.
KEEFE     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh meaning "descendant of CAOMH".
KEEGAN     Irish
From Irish Mac Aodhagáin meaning "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán is a double diminutive of AODH.
KENDRICK (2)     Welsh
Derived from the given name CYNWRIG.
KERMIT     Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERMODE     Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KIMBALL     English
Derived from the Welsh given name CYNBEL or the Old English given name CYNEBALD.
LEWIS (2)     Welsh
Anglicized form of LLYWELYN.
LLEWELLYN     Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name LLYWELYN.
LLYWELYN     Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name LLYWELYN.
MACANGUS     Scottish
Means "son of ANGUS" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHA     Scottish, Irish
Means "son of AODH" in Gaelic.
MAC AODHAGÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of KEEGAN.
MAC BRANAIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRANNON.
MACBRIDE     Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE.
MACCAILÍN     Irish, Scottish
Means "son of CAILEAN" in Gaelic.
MACCALLION     Scottish
Anglicized form of MACCAILÍN.
MACCANCE     Scottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MAC DHUBHGHAILL     Scottish
Gaelic form of MACDOUGALL.
MACDOUGALL     Scottish
Means "son of DOUGAL" in Scottish.
MAC GILLE FHAOLAIN     Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of MCCLELLAND.
MACGINNIS     Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS.
MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE     Irish
Means "son of the servant of BRIGHID" in Irish.
MAC GIOLLA FHAOLÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCCLELLAND.
MACGUINNESS     Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS.
MACKAY     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MACMATHAN     Irish
Variant of MCMAHON.
MAC MATHGHAMHNA     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCMAHON.
MAC NEACHTAIN     Irish, Scottish
Means "son of NECHTAN" in Gaelic.
MACQUEEN     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MAC REACHTAIN     Irish, Scottish
Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MACSHUIBHNE     Irish, Scottish
Means "son of SUIBHNE" in Gaelic.
MAG AONGHUIS     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCGUINNESS.
MAGEE     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MAHONEY     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Mathghamhna meaning "descendant of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MALLOYE     Irish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MCARTHUR     Scottish
Means "son of ARTHUR" in Gaelic.
MCBRIDE     Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE.
MCCLELLAND     Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhaoláin meaning "son of the servant of FAOLÁN".
MCCOY     Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCCRACKEN     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Reachtain, Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MCGEE     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCGINNIS     Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS.
MCGUINNESS     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Aonghuis meaning "son of AONGHUS".
MCKAY     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCMAHON     Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna meaning "son of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MCNAUGHTON     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MCQUEEN     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MOHAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Mocháin meaning "descendant of MOCHÁN".
MOLLOY     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MAOLMHUAIDH or Ó MAOL AODHA.
MOON (3)     Irish
Variant of MOHAN.
MORGAN     Welsh
Derived from the given name MORGAN (1).
MULLOY     Irish
Variant of MOLLOY.
NOLAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN".
O'BEIRNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
O'BERNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
Ó BRADÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRADEN.
Ó BRAOIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BREEN.
Ó BRAONÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of BRENNAN.
Ó BRIAIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of O'BRIEN.
O'BRIAN     Irish
Variant of O'BRIEN.
O'BRIEN     Irish
From the Irish Ó Briain meaning "descendant of BRIAN".
Ó BROIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of O'BYRNE.
O'BYRNE     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Broin meaning "descendant of BRAN (1)".
Ó CAISIDE     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CASSIDY.
Ó CAOIMH     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of KEEFE.
Ó CAOIMHÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CAVAN.
Ó CATHASAIGH     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CASEY.
Ó COILEÁIN     Irish
Means "descendant of COILEAN" in Irish.
Ó CONAILL     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CONNELL.
Ó CONCHOBHAIR     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of O'CONNOR.
O'CONNELL     Irish
Variant of CONNELL.
O'CONNOR     Irish
From Irish Ó Conchobhair meaning "descendant of CONCHOBHAR".
Ó CORRAIDHÍN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CURRAN.
Ó CUIDIGHTHIGH     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of CODY.
Ó DONNCHADHA     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DONOGHUE.
Ó DONNDUBHÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DONOVAN.
O'DOYLE     Irish
Variant of DOYLE.
Ó DUBHÁIN     Irish
Means "descendant of DUBHÁN".
Ó DUBHGHAILL     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DOYLE.
Ó DUBHSHLÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DOLAN.
Ó DUBHSHLÁINE     Irish
Gaelic form of DELANEY (2).
Ó DUBHTHAIGH     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DUFFY (1).
Ó FAOLÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of WHELAN.
Ó FIONNAGÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of FINNEGAN.
Ó FIONNÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of FANNON.
Ó HAODHA     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of HAYES (2).
O'KEEFE     Irish
Variant of KEEFE.
Ó MAOILSHEACHLAINN     Irish
Means "descendant of MAOLSHEACHLANN" in Irish.
Ó MAOL AODHA     Irish
Means "descendant of a follower of Saint AODH". It is derived from Irish maol meaning "follower, servant".
Ó MATHGHAMHNA     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MAHONEY.
Ó MOCHÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MOHAN.
Ó NUALLÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of NOLAN.
Ó SEANÁIN     Irish
Irish Gaelic form of SHANNON.
SHANNON     Irish
From Irish Ó Seanáin which means "descendant of SEANÁN".
SLOAN     Irish
Patronymic name derived from the early Irish given name SLUAGHADHÁN.
SLOANE     Irish
Variant of SLOAN.
WHALEN     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
WHELAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Faoláin meaning "descendant of FAOLÁN".
YORK     English
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon (Latinized as Eboracum), meaning "yew" in Brythonic, but was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic, meaning "pig farm".
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