Northern Irish Submitted Surnames

Northern Irish names are used in Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.
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ACTON English, Northern Irish
"Oak Town" in Old English. Parishes in Cheshire, Suffolk, Middlesex. There is also a place that bears this name in Ulster.
AKINS Scottish, English, Northern Irish
Variant of Aikens, which is derived from the given name Aiken, a variant of the medieval diminutive Atkin (see AITKEN).
ARMOUR Scottish, Northern Irish
From Middle English, Old French armure, blended with the agent noun armer (see Armer), hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.
BALDY Scottish, Northern Irish
From the personal name Baldy or BALDIE, a diminutive of ARCHIBALD.
BARR Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr "height, hill" or a British cognate of this.
BOGLE Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill "hobgoblin").
BONAR Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval nickname for a courteous or good-looking person (from Middle English boner "gentle, courteous, handsome"). A notable bearer of the surname was Canadian-born British Conservative politician Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), prime minister 1922-23.
BROWNLEE Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Northern Irish, English
"Brown field" in Old English.
COLLUM Northern Irish
Reduced form of northern Irish MCCOLLUM.
CORD Northern Irish
Reduced form of MCCORD.
COWAN Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized)
This surname, widespread in Scotland and Ulster, is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic MacEoghain or MacEoin. The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus the personal name EOGHAN from the old Celtic "Oue(i)n", well-born, but believed to derive ultimately from the Greek "Eugenious", "born lucky" or "well-born"... [more]
CRAW English, Scottish, Northern Irish
One who had characteristics of a crow; sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Crawford, and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Crawshawbooth in Lancashire, and Crawley in Sussex
CULBERTSON English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
DICKIE Scottish, Northern Irish
From a pet form of Dick.
DUNDAS Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish (Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh): habitational name from Dundas, a place near Edinburgh, Scotland, which is named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + deas ‘south’.
FALLEN Scottish, Northern Irish
Variant spelling of Irish FALLON.
FORSYTHE Scottish, Northern Irish
This surname has two possible origins. The more accepted explanation is that it comes from the Gaelic given name Fearsithe, which means "man of peace" from the elements fear "man" and sithe "peace"... [more]
GILLIARD English, Northern Irish
English and northern Irish (county Down) variant of GILLARD.
GILPIN English, Irish, Northern Irish
English: in the northeast, from the Gilpin river in Cumbria; in southern counties, probably a variant of GALPIN. ... [more]
GOAN Northern Irish
Northern Irish form of GOWAN.
HARKNESS Scottish, English (British), Northern Irish
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name HERECA (a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here ‘army’) + Old English næss ‘headland’, ‘cape’... [more]
HOLLINGER English, Northern Irish, Scottish
Topographical name from Middle English holin 'holly' + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
KIRKPATRICK English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from various places so called from the dedication of their church to St. Patrick. See KIRK.
KNOX English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
LAIRD Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish: status name for a landlord, from northern Middle English laverd ‘lord’.
LAMONT Scottish (Modern), Northern Irish, French
Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Lagman, which is from Old Norse Logmaðr, composed of log, plural of lag ‘law’ (from leggja ‘to lay down’) + maðr, ‘man’ (genitive manns).... [more]
LAUDER Scottish, Northern Irish
From a village in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. It derives from the Celtic Lauuedder, probably indicating a rapidly flowing river, cognate with Modern Welsh llifer meaning 'to gush'.
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]
LEMON English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name LEFMAN, Old English LEOFMAN, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann ‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an... [more]
LYNESS Northern Irish, Irish, English
Variant of LINES or anglicized form of Mac Aleenan.
MACARTHUR Scottish (Rare), Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish: see MCARTHUR and ARTHUR.
MACNELLY Northern Irish, Scottish
Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: variant of MCNEELY.
MAGOWAN Northern Irish
Origion person from Ballygowan Co Down Northern Ireland
MARNO Northern Irish (?)
My great grandmother's maiden name, born in Belfast, Ireland and lived in Ayr, Scotland
MCADORY Northern Irish (Rare)
Rare Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Deoraidh ‘son of the stranger’.
MCCAMMON Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ámoinn "son of Ámoinn", a Gaelic form of the Norse personal name Amundr, which is composed of the elements ag "awe, fear", or "edge, point" and mundr "protection".
MCCART Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic MAC Airt, ‘son of ART’, a personal name meaning ‘bear’.
MCCOLLUM Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coluim "son of COLUM". See MCCALLUM, which is the usual spelling of this name in Scotland.
MCCOOL Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
Scottish and northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic MAC DHUBHGHAILL (see MCDOWELL). ... [more]
MCCORD Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt or Mac Cuarta, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh (see MCMURTRY).
MCDUFF Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibh, a patronymic from the personal name Dubh "black, dark".
MCELHINNEY Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (mainly Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Choinnigh ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Coinneach’ (see KENNY).
MCGIVERN Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uidhrín, a patronymic from a personal name which is from a diminutive of odhar 'dun'. This surname is also found in Galloway in Scotland, where it is of Irish origin.
MCKINSTRY Northern Irish
From Gaelic Mac an Aistrigh, a reduced form of Mac an Aistrighthigh "son of the traveller".
MCLEISH Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic
Northern Irish (Ulster) and Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic MAC GILLE ÍOSA, patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of JESUS’.
MCMURTRY Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh "son of Muircheartach", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir "sea" and ceartach "ruler".
MCNEELY Scottish, Northern Irish, Irish
Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic MAC AN FHILIDH ‘son of the poet’.... [more]
MCNULTY Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Irish surname historically associated with County Donegal in northwest Ireland meaning "descended of the Ulaid Nation". The surname is derived from an anglicized contraction of the original Irish patronymic Mac "descended" an Ultaigh "Ulaid race".
MOSS English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish
English and Welsh: from the personal name MOSS, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name MOSES. ... [more]
PINKERTON Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitual surname for someone from a place near Dunbar, with an unknown meaning (from Old English tan meaning "enclosure" or "settlement".
REDDICK Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wic "outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr "red".
TRIMBLE English, Scottish, Northern Irish
A variant of Trumble, recorded in Northern Ireland since the 17th century.... [more]
WARDEN English, Scottish, Northern Irish
From Norman French wardein and warder meaning "to guard". It coincides the English word warden and can be used as an occupational surname for a warden.
WATTERSON Scottish, Northern Irish
From an altered form of the given name WALTER.
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