Celtic Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Celtic peoples.
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Harris Welsh
A combination of the Welsh adjective 'hy', meaning 'bold' or 'presumptuous' and the common Welsh personal name 'Rhys'. This surname is common in South Wales and the English West Country and has an official Welsh tartan... [more]
Hastings Irish
Connacht shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistín ‘descendant of Oistín’, the Gaelic form of Augustine (see Austin).
Havard Welsh
Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from the name of the city of Hereford in England or the port city of Le Havre in France.
Haverford Welsh, English
Haverford's name is derived from the name of the town of Haverfordwest in Wales, UK
Hay English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
Heafy Irish
Variant of Heaphy.
Healy Irish
Southern Irish: reduced form of O’Healy, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉilidhe ‘descendant of the claimant’, from éilidhe ‘claimant’, or of Gaelic Ó hÉalaighthe ‘descendant of Éaladhach’, a personal name probably from ealadhach ‘ingenious’.
Heaphy Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ó hÉamhthaigh meaning "descendant of Éamhthach", the given name Éamhthach meaning "swift" in Gaelic.
Hearne Irish
Anglicized form of Ó hEachthighearna.
Hebor Irish
From forename Heber.
Hence German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz derived from a German nickname for Hans or Heinrich or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
Hendy Welsh
It may mean house in welsh.
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]
Hennelly Irish
From the Irish Ó'hIonnghaile, itself "descendant of (a variation of) Fionnghal" (fionn, "white, fair"; gall, "stranger")... [more]
Hennessee Irish
A variant of the traditionally Irish surname Hennessey or Hennessy, an Anglicization of Ó hAonghusa meaning "‘descendant of Aonghus".
Hennessey Irish
Variant spelling of Hennessy.
Hensen English, Irish
English patronymic from the personal name Henn/Henne, a short form of Henry, Hayne (see Hain), or Hendy... [more]
Henville Welsh
Derived from the name of an ancestor meaning "Son of Anwyl"
Herlihy Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ó hIarfhlatha "descendant of Iarfhlaith", a personal name meaning literally "lord of the west".
Heston English, Irish
Derived from Heston, a suburban area and part of the Hounslow district in the London Borough of Hounslow in West London, England (historically, it was located in the county of Middlesex). It is named with Old English h?s meaning "brushwood" and tun meaning "farmstead, settlement"... [more]
Hewton Irish
I can only date it back to Armagh County, Ireland in the early 1800s.
Hickman Welsh
Comes from Hick, a Welsh diminutive of Richard, so it literally means "Richard's men".
Hickson Irish, English
It means ‘countryman’ similar to Hickman
Higgins Irish
Variant of Hagan.
Hindman Irish
Keeper of the king's deer.
Holland Irish (Anglicized), Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of Faolán (with loss of the initial F-)... [more]
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, hud ‘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]
Hopla Welsh (?)
1st recorded Hopla.... [more]
Horan Irish
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
Horgan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó hArgáin
Hougan Irish
Variant of Hogan.
Hoyle Welsh, English
Derived from Old English holh meaning "hole". It is thought to have originally been a name for someone who lived in a round hollow or near a pit.
Hughey Irish
From given name Huey
Humphery English, Irish
English and Irish: variant of Humphrey.
Humphreys Welsh, English
Patronymic form of Humphrey. A famous bearer was Murray Humphreys (1899-1965), an American mobster of Welsh descent.
Humphries English, Welsh
Patronymic from Humphrey.
Huon Breton
Huon is a form of the name Hugh.
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".
Hurrell Irish
This may be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Hearghaill ‘descendant of Earghall’, a variant of Ó Fearghail (see Farrell).
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 "housewife"... [more]
Hussie English, Irish
Variant of Hussey. A notable bearer is American webcomic author/artist Andrew Hussie (1979-).
Idreius Celtic
“Like the ocean; Unpredictable.”... [more]
Ifans Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Ifan meaning "son of Ifan". A famous bearer is Welsh actor and musician Rhys Ifans (1967-).
Inan English, Irish
Possibly a variant of Dunn.
Isaac Jewish, English, Welsh, French
Derived from the given name Isaac.
Iwan Welsh
Derived from the given name Iwan.
Jago Cornish
A patronym, Jago is the Cornish for James/Jacob but is most commonly found as a surname. It’s use as a surname dates back to the early 13th Century.... [more]
Jenks English, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.
Joines Welsh
While the ancestors of the bearers of Joines came from ancient Welsh-Celtic origins, the name itself has its roots in Christianity. This surname comes from the personal name John, which is derived from the Latin Johannes... [more]
Kain Irish
Variant of Kane.
Kane Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
Karter Breton
Breton form of Carter. This was the birth surname of Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the gulf of St. Lawrence.
Keane Irish (Modern)
A nickname for a "brave" or "proud" person deriving from Middle English given name Kene
Kearns Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín ‘descendant of Céirín’, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar ‘dark’, ‘black’... [more]
Kearny Irish
Variant of Kearney.
Kearse Irish
Variant of Keirsey.
Keel Irish
Irish reduced form of McKeel.
Keeling Irish, English
Irish: see Keeley. ... [more]
Keenan Irish
Variant of O'Keenan.
Keever Celtic
From McKeever, a form of McIver, meaning "son of Ivor".
Keheley Irish (Anglicized)
americanized version of an irish clan name
Keirnan Irish
Gaelic form of Keirnan is Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna, meaning "lord." First found in County Cavan, Ireland.
Keirsey Irish
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
Kelleher Irish
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
Kellett Irish, English
Unknown meaning. Comes from Anglo-Saxon origin.
Kellogg Irish
Anglicised form of Ó Ceallaigh
Kenneally Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cionnfhaolaidh ‘descendant of Cionnfhaoladh’, a personal name derived from ceann ‘head’ + faol ‘wolf’.
Kennelly Irish
Variant spelling of Kenneally.
Kenny English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
Kenwyn Cornish (Rare)
This surname is derived from the name of a town and river in Cornwall, England (called Keynwynn in Cornish). It is said that the name is derived from Cornish keyn meaning "back, keel, ridge" and gwynn meaning "white, fair, blessed."
Kenyon English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
Keogh Irish (Anglicized)
Variant of Keough, which is a shortened form of McKeough, itself an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha meaning "son of Eochaidh"... [more]
Keough Irish, Scottish
Anglicized, reduced form of Mac Eochaidh meaning "son of Eochaidh".
Kergoat Breton, French
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and koad "Woods".
Kerhervé Breton
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and the name Hervé.
Kerin Irish (Latinized, Rare)
Irish variation of Kieran. ... [more]
Kerjean Breton
Possibly derived from a Breton place name, apparently composed of Breton kêr "city" and the name Jean.
Kerwin Irish
Variant of Kirwan.
Kidney Irish
Surname translated from Irish surname Duane to English Kidney Mainly found in County Cork. Original Irish clan name is Ó Dubháin.
Kidwell Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel "fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda and halh "nook or corner of land".
Kieran Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciaráin ‘descendant of Ciarán’, a byname from a diminutive of ciar ‘dark’, ‘black-haired’... [more]
Kiernan Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Thighearnáin, which means "son of Tighearnán."
Kilbride Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhrighde "son of the devotee of Saint Brigid" (cf... [more]
Kilcommon Irish
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."
Kiley Irish, English
Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O' Cadhla" meaning "son of Cadhla". Cadhla means meaning graceful or beautiful; hence, "descendant(s) of 'the graceful one'".
Kilgallen Irish
Kilgallen comes from the Irish name Mac Giolla Chaillin, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Caillin.
Killeen Irish
From the Gaelic name Ó Cillín meaning "descendant of Cillín".
Killian Irish (Anglicized, Modern), German
Meaning "little church". From cill (Irish for "church") and -ín, a Gaelic diminutive.
Killilea Irish
Irish - originally MacGiolla Leith from Gallway
Kinsella Irish
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
Kirwan Irish
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.
Kirwin Irish
Variant of Kirwan
Kneen Manx
Manx cognate of the Gaelic surname Mac Niadháin, itself derived from the Gaelic personal name Nia meaning "champion." It may also be a corruption of the surname McNiven (Anglicized form of Mac Cnáimhín).
Knowles Irish
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 "valor".
Kyne Irish
From Gaelic Ó Cadháin meaning "descendant of Cadhán", a byname meaning "barnacle goose".
Lackey Irish
Lackey was originally a name for a horse servant.
Laffey Irish, Scottish
Reduced anglicisation of Gaelic Ó Laithimh, which is derived from the earlier form Ó Flaithimh, and from flaitheamh meaning "ruler".
Lahey Irish
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 "warrior, hero".
Lalor Irish
Lalor is an Irish surname derived from the Irish Ó Leathlobhair, from leath- “leper; weak, ailing person”
Laney English, Irish
Possibly from the given name Laney or the Irish surname McElhinney.
Larkin Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Lorcáin meaning "descendant of Lorcán".
Lavelle Irish
Anglicized form Gaelic Ó Maol Fábhail meaning "descendent of Maolfábhail".
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]
Leahy Irish
A surname from southern Ireland.
Leanne English, Irish
means "gracious plum" in english
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
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 .
Le Houérou Breton
Derived from Breton c'hwerv "bitter".
Leitch Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
A physician in Old Scots.
Lemmon English, Irish, Scottish
Variant spelling of Lemon. A famous bearer was the American actor Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).
Le Pen Breton
Le Pen is a Breton surname meaning "the head", "the chief" or "the peninsula".
Le Tallec Breton
Tallec derives from talek which means someone with a large forehead in Breton.
Leydon Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
His name was commemorated in numerous place-names, such as Lugdunum (Celtic *Lugudūnon, "fort of Lugus"; modern Lyon, France), capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis... [more]
Lillis Irish, English
Metronymic from Lilly.
Linn Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
Linnane Irish, English
Anglicized form of O'lennon.
Livingstone Scottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called Levin (Lewin), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
Llewys Welsh
Original Welsh form of "Lewis" used by the former Royal Family of Wales. Most people with the surname "Lewis" derive from the Royal Family. Very few people still have the surname "Llewys," but it is not unheard of.
Loflin Irish
Possibly a variant spelling of Irish Laughlin. This is a common name in NC.
Lohan Irish
Variant of Logan.
Lomas English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
Lomasney Irish
From Gaelic Ó Lomasna meaning "descendant of Lomasna", a byname from lom "bare" and asna "rib".
Lonie Irish
A variant of Looney meaning "warrior."
Looney Irish
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
Loughrey Irish
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 meaning "rush".
Lowery English, Irish
Irish variant of Lowry
Lozac’h Breton
From a Breton word meaning “husband” or “patriarch”
Lynde Scottish Gaelic
Originated from the Strathclyde region of Scotland, meaning "waterfall," and located near the Castle of Lin.... [more]
Lyness Northern Irish, Irish, English
Variant of LINES or anglicized form of Mac Aleenan.
Mabry English, Irish
Variant spelling of Mayberry.
Mac Scottish, Irish
Variant of Mack
Mac A 'Ghobhainn Scottish Gaelic
The Scots Gaelic variation of Smith.
Mac Ambróis Irish
Means "descendant of Ambróis"
Mac An Airchinnigh Irish
It literally means "son of the hereditary steward of church lands".
Mac An Fhailghigh Irish
Means "son of the poor man". From the word failgheach meaning "poor man" in Irish
Mac An Fhilidh Irish
Meaning, "son of the poet."
Mac an tSaoi Irish
From Tyrone
Mac an Ultaigh Irish
Meaning 'son of the Ulidian', from mac, meaning son, and Ultach, denoting someone from the Irish province of Ulster.
Mac Ascaidh Irish
Means "descendant of Ascadh"
Mac Canann Irish
Means "son of CANÁN". Canán is a given name derived from the word cano "wolf cub".
Mac Carrghamhna Irish
Means "descendant of Corrghamhain"
Mac Cathmhaoil Irish
It literally means Cathmhaol’s son".
Mac Cearáin Irish
Means "descendant of Ciarán"
Mac Cearbhaill Irish
Meaning, "son of Cearbhaill."
Mac Cobhthaigh Irish
Means "descendant of Cobhthach"
Mac Coingheallaigh Irish
Meaning, ‘son (or descendant) of Coingheallach’, a personal name meaning ‘faithful to pledges’.
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."
Mac Conghaile Irish
Meaning, "son of Conghal."
Mac Con Mhaoil Irish
Means "Son of the short haired warrior''.
MacCreamhain Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Crawford.
Mac Cuindlis Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Cuindleas", an early given name of uncertain origin.
Mac Cumhaill Scottish Gaelic
Means "descendant of Cumhall"
MacCurdy Scottish, Irish
Variant spelling of Mccurdy.
Mac Dhíomasaigh Irish
It originally appeared in Irish-Gaelic as Mac Dhíomasaigh, from the word diomasach, which means "proud."
MacDonnell Scottish, Irish
Variant spelling of McDonnell.
MacDowell Scottish, Irish
Variant of Mcdowell. A famous bearer is American actress Andie MacDowell (1958-).
Macduff Scottish Gaelic
From the ancient Scottish Gaelic Mac duib meaning "son of the black/dark man." This name may have originated as a ethnic term about the native Scots used by Viking conquestors during the later half of the First Millenium... [more]
Mac Eacháin Irish
It literally means "Eachán’s son".
MacEachainn Scottish Gaelic
It means "son of Eachann".
Macfayle Manx
Variant of Mac Phaayl. This form was recorded on the Isle of Man in 1511.
Macfhearghuis Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic for "Son of Fhearghuis" (also spelled "Fearghas") and due to the complexities of pronunciation, has been spelled MacFergus, McKerras, MacKersey, MacErris, MacFirries and anglicised as Ferguson or Fergusson and shortened in Fergus, Ferrar, Ferrie, Ferries, Ferris, Ferriss, corrupted into other forms like Fergushill, Fergie etc.
Mac Fhlannchaidh Irish
Patronymic from the personal name Flannchadh, which is derived from flann "red".
Mac Fithcheallaigh Irish
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Mcfeely, meaning "son of Fithcheallach".
Mac Gaoithín Scottish Gaelic
Meaning ‘son of Gaoithín’, a personal name derived from the diminutive of gaoth ‘clever’, ‘wise’.
MacGillebhràth Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic spelling of MacGillivray.
Macgilledheòradha Scottish Gaelic
It literally means "pilgrim’s servant’s son".
Macgillefhinnein Scottish Gaelic
It literally means "Finnan’s servant’s son".
Mac Gille Mhearnoch Irish
Means "son of the servant of Mernoch".
Macgilleuidhir Scottish Gaelic
It literally mean’s "sallow lad’s son".
Macginty Irish
Patronymic surname from the original Irish Gaelic form 'mac an tsaoi' meaning "son of the scholar". Notable namesake is Irish rugby player Alan Leon "AJ" MacGinty.
Mac Giobúin Irish
Means "descendant of Giobúin"
Mac Giolla Chatáin Irish
It means "son of servant of Catán".
Mac Giolla Choinnigh Irish
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Mcelhinney.
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 Giolla Íosa Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McAleese.
Mac Giolla Phóil Irish
Means "son of the servant of Pól"
Mac Giolla Rua Irish
It means "son of servant of Rua".
Macglanchy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish-Gaelic Mac Lannchaidh
Macgobhainn Scottish Gaelic
It literally means "smith’s son", thus making it a Scottish Gaelic form of Mac Gabhann.
MacGoldrick Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Ualghairg
Macgrath Irish
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]
MacGraw Irish, Scottish
Variant spelling of Mcgraw.
Macguaire Scottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Mcquarrie.
MacInnis Scottish Gaelic
From Scottish Gaelic MacAonghais meaning "Son of Angus".
Macisaac Scottish, Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized)
From Gaelic MacÌosaig meaning "son of Ìosag". Ìosag is the Scottish form of Isaac.
Macjimpsey Irish
Anglicized form of Irish-Gaelic Mac Dhíomasaigh
Mack Scottish, Irish, German, Dutch, French
Scottish (Berwickshire) and Irish: from the Old Norse personal name Makkr, a form of Magnus (Old Irish Maccus)... [more]
Mackey Irish, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Finnish (Anglicized)
As an Irish name with stress on the first syllable, it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Macdha ‘descendant of Macdha.’... [more]