Subject: Re: My surname
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: January 19, 2007 at 12:30 PM
Reply to: My surname by Fehily94

Who says it doesn't exist? Who says it's occupational?
The original Irish is Ó Fithcheallaigh. Don't worry about the -thch- business, consonants followed by the letter H tend to turn into a breathy sound, or disappear altogether. The name means "descendant of Fithcheallach", and that word means "chessplayer", hardly occupational.
My opinion for, what it's worth, is that Fitheallach was here either a proper name, or it was a byname. That means that your ancestor, Fithcheallach, probably had another name but that was the name everybody knew him by, a sort of nickname.
See if you can make something more readable out of that for your homework.

Messages in this thread:
  • My surname - Fehily94  Jan 19 2007, 11:44 AM
    • Re: My surname - Christina Rose  Jan 31 2007, 1:36 PM
    • Re: My surname - Jim Young  Jan 19 2007, 12:30 PM