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HENLEY English, Irish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan
(the weak dative case of heah
‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah
‘wood’, ‘clearing’... [more]
From the Irish Ó'hIonnghaile
, itself "descendant of (a variation of) FIONNGHAL
, "white, fair"; gall
, "stranger")... [more]
A variant of the traditionally Irish surname Hennessey
, an Anglicization of Ó hAonghusa
meaning "‘descendant of AONGHUS
From Irish Gaelic Ó hIarfhlatha
"descendant of IARFHLAITH
", a personal name meaning literally "lord of the west".
I can only date it back to Armagh County, Ireland in the early 1800s.
HOOD English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de)
‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
HURLEY English, Irish
Meaning is "from a corner clearing" in Old English. Also an anglicized form of an Irish name meaning "sea tide" or "sea valor".
HUSSEY English, Irish
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye
, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous
"holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif
JOYCE English, Irish
From the Breton personal name Iodoc
, a diminutive of iudh
"lord", introduced by the Normans in the form Josse
was the name of a Breton prince and saint, the brother of Iudicael
), whose fame helped to spread the name through France and western Europe and, after the Norman Conquest, England as well... [more]
KANE Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
KEANE Irish (Modern)
A nickname for a "brave" or "proud" person deriving from Middle English given name Kene
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair
meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar
means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
Indicated a person who was from Kilcommon, Erris, County Mayo in Ireland. The place name Kilcommon derives from the Gaeltacht phrase Cill Chomáin
, meaning "church of St. Comán."
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh
meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
From Gaelic Ó Ciardhubháin
meaning "descendant of Ciardhubhán", a given name composed of the elements ciar
"dark" and dubh
"black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
As an Irish surname it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail
meaning "descendant of Tnúthgal", a given name composed of the elements tnúth
"desire, envy" and gal
From Gaelic Ó Cadháin
meaning "descendant of Cadhán", a byname meaning "barnacle goose".
Lackey was originally a name for a horse servant.
Lahey and Leahy originate from two different Gaelic surnames. Lahey, Lahy, Lahiff, Lahiffe, Laffey, and Lahive all originate from the Gaelic surname O Laithimh, which itself is a variant of O Flaithimh... [more]
LAHIFFE Irish (Rare)
From Irish Ó Laochdha
meaning "descendant of the hero" or "descendant of the heroic", ultimately from laoch
LAVERY Irish, Northern Irish
From the Gaelic Ó Labhradha
, "descendants of Labhradha" (speaker, spokesman
, the father of Etru, chief of the Monagh of the Irish over-kingdom of Ulaid); the name of an ancient family originating from Magh Rath (present-day Moira, County Down, Northern Ireland)... [more]
LAWLER Irish, Scottish
This Irish surname is of Gaelic language origin. The surname derives from the original Gaelic 'O'Leathlobhair' meaning 'descendant of leathlobhair'. Leathlobhair derives from 'Leath' meaning 'Half' and 'Lobhar' meaning 'leper'.... [more]
LECKEY Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac
, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
Lehane (Irish: Ó Liatháin) is an uncommon Irish surname, typically from County Cork. Ó Liatháin is more frequently anglicized as Lane or Lyons. The surname is also found in County Donegal where it was also anglicized from the Ulster branch of O'Liathain into Lehane, Lane, Lyons,and Lawn.
LEHIGH German, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau
LEYDON Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
His name was commemorated in numerous place-names, such as Lugdunum (Celtic *Lugu
dūnon, "fort of Lugus"; modern Lyon, France), capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis... [more]
LIVINGSTONE Scottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called LEVIN
), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
Possibly a variant spelling of Irish Laughlin. This is a common name in NC.
From Gaelic Ó Lomasna
meaning "descendant of Lomasna", a byname from lom
"bare" and asna
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luachra
"descendant of Luachra
", a personal name derived from luachair
"light". The name is often translated, RUSH
from a Gaelic homonym, luachair
LYONS English, Irish
Is a surname with a variety of origins, from England, Ireland, Scotland, or perhaps France. ... [more]
MACCONALL Scottish (Anglicized, Rare), Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Anglicized form of Scottish and Irish Gaelic Mac Conaill 'son of Conall', the personalized name composing of the elements con, which is an inflected form of cú 'wolf' + gal 'valor'. Giving the ultimate meaning due to variegated spellings of this specified name, is "Battle-Wolf of High Valor."
MACFHEARGHUIS Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic for "Son of Fhearghuis
" (also spelled "FEARGHAS
") and due to the complexities of pronunciation, has been spelled MacFergus
and anglicised as FERGUSON
and shortened in Fergus
, corrupted into other forms like Fergushill
Patronymic surname from the original Irish Gaelic form 'mac an tsaoi' meaning "son of the scholar". Notable namesake is Irish rugby player ALAN LEON
MAC GIOLLA CHUDA Irish
Meaning ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Chuda
’, a personal name of unexplained origin. This was the name of a 7th-century abbot-bishop of Rathin in County Westmeath.... [more]
MAC GIOLLA IASACHTA Irish
Means "son of the strange youth", from Irish Gaelic iasachta
"loan" "foreign", hence denoting to a boy who transferred to another family for fosterage, a common custom in ancient Ireland.
MAC GOTHRAIDH Irish
Means "son of the sea captain". A Christian surname which originated in Ireland.
First found in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.... [more]
First found in County Monaghan located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.... [more]
MAC UIGHILÍN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of Hugelin". the surname was allegedly adopted by the de Mandevilles, a Cambro-Norman family that had conquered an area of north Antrim, a county in Northern Ireland. However, in reality, the de Mandevilles sold their estates in northern Antrim to the McQuillan family.
Name for a resident of the village of town of Maghery in Northern Ireland.
MAHER Irish (Rare)
The originally spelling was "O'Meachair" which means the 'kindly' or the 'generous'. The Maher family resided in the O'Carrol... [more]
Anglicized form of the Old Irish "Ó Maoldhamhnaigh," which means "descendant of a church servant."
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mongáin ‘descendant of Mongán’, originally a byname for someone with a luxuriant head of hair (from mong ‘hair’, ‘mane’), borne by families from Connacht, County Limerick, and Tyrone... [more]
MAUGHAN Irish, English
Anglicized from the original Irish Gaelic form Ò Mocháin
meaning 'descendant of Mochain'. This name was one of the earliest known Irish surnames brought to England and remains a fairly common surname in the North East of the country.
Irish, of Norman English origin but in County Fermanagh used sometimes to represent MCMANUS
From Irish Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhiontáin
"son of the servant of (St) FIONTÁN
", a personal name derived from fionn
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ascaidh
, a patronymic from a diminutive of an Old Norse name, possibly Ascall or ÁSKETILL
Derived from the Irish "Mac Amhalghaidh" from the prefix Mac- (son of-) and AMHALGHAIDH
, Old Irish form of the name Aulay/ Auley... [more]
The meaning of the surname MCCAFFERY is - the son of Godfrey (God's peace).
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh
"son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY
MCCALL Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil meaning "son of Cathmhaol", a personal name composed of the elements cath meaning "battle" + maol meaning "chief". Anglicized form of Mac Cathail meaning "son of Cathal".
Variation of McKelvey. Meaning Son of rich possessions.
From either the Gaelic O Cearnaigh, meaning "victorious", or O Catharnaigh, meaning "warlike".
Variant of MACCARTHY
. A famous bearer was the famous western outlaw William Henry McCarty, also known as Billy the Kid. His other aliases included William H. Bonney and Henry Antrim.
MCCLARTY Scottish, Irish
The surname McClarty originated in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. This name comes from the personal name Lawrence. And in Scottish Gaelic 'Mac Labhruinn' translates to 'son of Lawrence'. ... [more]
MCCLINTOCK Scottish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Deriving from an Anglicization of a Gaelic name variously recorded as M'Ilandick, M'Illandag, M'Illandick, M'Lentick, McGellentak, Macilluntud, McClintoun, Mac Illiuntaig from the 14th century onward... [more]
MCCLURE Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Uidhir
(Scottish), Mac Giolla Uidhir
(Irish), "son of the sallow lad".... [more]
Pre 7th Century Anglo Saxon. From the word "coc," meaning to cook.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh
"son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY
My guess is that my surname was changed sometime in the early 1800's but have never learned how my family name derived from or from where it originated.
Anglicization of the Gaelic surname Mac Ruaidhrí, which means "Son of Rory
From Gaelic Mac Cruitín
"son of Cruitín
", a nickname for a hunchback.
MCDONNELL Scottish, Irish
Variant spelling of Macdonald. It is also an anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic surname Mac Domhnaill, which means "son of Donald".
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGiolla Chainnigh". The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus "giolla", devotee of, and the saint's name "Canice".
MCELWEE Irish, Scottish
Of Gaelic origin, found in Ireland and Scotland. Derives from Mac giolla Ruaidh
, meaning "son of the servant of the red-haired youth", possibly a reference to a Dane or Norseman.
Anglicized form of Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe, meaning 'son of the woodman'.
MCFADDEN Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phaid(e)in
(Scottish) and MAC PHÁIDÍN
(Irish) - both patronymics of Patrick (via Gaelic diminutives of the given name).
This is my last name, my fathers last name my grandfather my great grandfather
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Eoin
meaning "son of the servant of EOIN
The surname McGillicuddy comes from the Irish Mac GiollaMochuda, meaning 'son of the devotee of St. Mochuda'. It's part of the O'Sullivan sect and comes from the West part of Ireland in county Kerry... [more]
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Fhloinn
, patronymic from the personal name Flann
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Eochadha
, a patronymic from the personal name Eochaidh
, variant Eachaidh
, "horseman", a derivative of each
MCGRATH Irish (Anglicized)
Derives from the Irish surname Mac Craith. Famous bearers of the name include the Meic Craith from the Gaelic kingdom of Thomond in the present-day Republic of Ireland. They were historians and poets connected to the Ui Bhriain kings and earls of Thomond.
MCGRAW Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic Mac Craith
(the earlier form of Mac Raith
) meaning "son of Craith", composed of the Gaelic elements mac
"son of" and Rath
, an old byname meaning "grace, prosperity".
Originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.
MCHALE Irish, Welsh
From the Irish Mac Céile
, a patronymic from the byname Céile
, meaning "companion." This was the surname of a Mayo family, tenants of church lands. ... [more]
This is an Irish Gaelic surname recorded in the spellings of MacLerenon, McLernon, McLernan, and McLorinan. It is mostly associated with the province of Ulster in Ireland, although with some branches in Scotland... [more]
Anglicized form of Mac Meanman
, a patronymic surname, created from the given name MEANMA
MCMORROW Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Murchadha
, a patronymic from the personal name Murchadh
"sea warrior", from muir
"sea" and cath
"battle". In Leinster this name is usually Anglicized as McMurrough
and in Ulster as MURPHY
The surname McMullan is of old Irish/ Gaelic Heritage, it is with meaning ‘Bald’ or ‘Tonsured One’. It was first founded in the province of Connacht, and comes from Mullan.... [more]
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Iain Uidhir
"son of sallow John". This form is associated mainly with Ross-shire.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Oighre
"son of the heir". This form is associated mainly with Perthshire.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir
"son of the steward or keeper".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Conmidhe
, a patronymic from the personal name Cú Mhidhe, meaning "hound of Meath". Meath is a county in Ierland. This family were hereditary poets in Ulster.
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Naois, a patronymic from a shortened form of the personal name AONGHUS
The McNicholas family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name McNicholas was derived from from the personal name, Nicholas... [more]
MCQUAID Scottish, Irish
This surname is derived from Gaelic Mac Uaid
meaning "son of Uaid," Uaid being the Gaelic form of WAT