Subject: Re: surnames Melia & O'Melia
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: July 15, 2005 at 4:39 PM
Reply to: Re: surnames Melia & O'Melia by Kynaston

I prefer the second suggestion as a possible explanation. I'm open to correction here, but I've a strong feeling that Gaelic surnames (Irish and Scots Gaelic) are never based on female given names. This may be true of surnames from other Celtic languages too. The search goes on for a Celtic metronym.

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