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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."
A Welsh surname derived from 'map Neely' or 'son of Neely'
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]
MANTON Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Manntáin
"descendant of Manntán
", a personal name derived from a diminutive of manntach
"toothless". Famous bearers include Thomas J. Manton, an American congressman, and Joseph Manton, a British gunsmith (b.1766, d.1835).
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
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".
MCCARTAN Scottish Gaelic
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Artáin
(meaning ‘son of Artán’), which is a diminutive of the personal name Art
, meaning ‘bear’.
MCCARTNEY Scottish Gaelic
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac Artaine
, (meaning ‘son of Artan’) which is a diminutive of the personal name Art
, meaning ‘bear’ or ‘hero’. Compare Irish Mac Artáin (see McCartan
), of which this surname is a variant.
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]
MCCOLGAN Irish, Scottish
Has several possible meanings. It might mean someone from the village of Kilcolgan, County Galway; a follower of St. Columba
; or the son of someone named Colga
. The McColgans once held a family seat in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
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
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.
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
MCTEER Irish, Scottish
This surname is a modern variant of the ancient mhac an t'Saoir
which means "the son of the carpenter."... [more]
From the personal name Maredudd
. In Welsh the stress is on the second syllable. The Old Welsh form is Morgetiud
, of which the first element may mean "pomp, splendor" and the second is iudd
Mézec derives from mezeg which means physician in Breton
MICK German, Dutch, Irish
Short form of the given name MIKOLAJ
or an occupational name from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch micke
"(wheat or rye) bread". The name was reportedly taken from Germany to Ireland in the 18th century.
MOODY English, Irish
Either from Middle English modie
"angry, haughty, impetuous", or Old English modig
The surname Moran, originating in counties Mayo and Sligo of Connaught, is the shortened version of O'Moran, Anglicized form of the older O'Morain "grandson of the great one" with the Old Irish root mor 'great, big' (denoting stature and/or character).
Morrissey is an Irish name meaning "choice of the sea".
From the parish of Morton, in Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Mor, big, great, and dun, ton, a hill.
MOYLE Cornish, Welsh
Cornish and Welsh: descriptive nickname meaning ‘bald’, from Cornish moyl
, Welsh moel
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maoldúin
"descendant of Maoldún
", a personal name meaning literally "chief fortress".
The Irish surname Mulkerin is an anglicied rendering of the Gaelic surname O'Maoilchiarain which means ,literally, "descendant of a follower of Saint Ciaran", the Irish saint who founded the great monastery at Clonmacnois... [more]
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maoilearca
"descendent of the follower of (St) Earc
", a personal name meaning literally either "speckled one" or "salmon".
MULLERY Irish (Rare)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maolmhuire
"descendant of Maolmhuire
", a personal name meaning literally "servant of (the Virgin) Mary
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoilmhiadhaigh
"descendant of Maoilmhiadhach", a personal name meaning "honorable chief".
Anglicized from Gaelic Ó Maoilmhichil
, which derived from the sept or clan name Uí Mhaoilmhichil
, denoting to Patrons or Devotees of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Murland is an Irish surname, which according to MacLysaght's The Surnames of Ireland is MacMurghalain in Gaelic, ultimately deriving from words meaning "sea" and "valor".
MURROW Irish, Scottish
Variant of MORROW
. A famous bearer of the surname was Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965), US radio and television journalist.
NARAMOR English, Welsh
Naramor, also Narramore or Naramore, is a corruption of Northmore, and has Welsh/English background. "More North"
NEESON Irish, Dutch, German
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Naois ‘son of Naois’, usually Anglicized as McNeese
. Can also be an altered form of Dutch or German Niesen
. Surname made famous by the actor Liam
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
Derived from the surname Mac Girr an Adhastair
(sometimes shortened to Mac an Aghastair
), meaning "Short man of the halter." The Mac Girr an Adhastair were associated with the local lords, the Ó Lochlainn family.
Of Anglo-Norman origin, probably a habitational name from an unidentified place in France.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble
"high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis
), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOCK Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
Ó CANANN Irish
Means "descendant of CANÁN
". Canán is a given name derived from the word cano
O'CARROLL Irish (Anglicized)
Originates from the ancient Gaelic name Mac Cearbhaill or O'Cearbhaill, deriving from the word "Cearbh" which means to "Hack". Making it a possible name for a warrior or blacksmith.
Ó CÉIRÍN Irish
Meaning ‘descendant of Céirín
’, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar
‘dark’, ‘black’. English patronymic -s
has been added superfluously.
Ó CIARÁIN Irish
A byname from a diminutive of ciar
Ó CRÓINÍN Irish
It literally means "little saffron-colored one’s descendant".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh
, ‘descendant of Deaghadh
’, a personal name of uncertain origin. It may be a compound of deagh-
‘good’ + ádh
The name O'Duffy originates from the gaelic surname "O Dubhthaigh". Dubh meaning "Black" in Gaeilge. They claim descent from the ancient Heremon kings of Ireland. They descend from "Cahir Mor", the King of Leinster in the second century... [more]
Ó DUIBHIDHIR Irish
Means "descendant of DUIBHUIDHIR
". Duibhuidhir is a personal name composed of the elements dubh
"dark, black" and odhar
From Irish Ó Fearghail
meaning "descendant of FEARGHAL
. This name is borne by several families in Ireland, in counties Longford, Tyrone, and Wicklow.
Anglicized form of Ó Gealbháin
, which means "descendant of the bright, fair one", derived from the Gaelic elements geal
"bright" and ban
"fair, white". A known bearer of the original form of the surname is Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, former signer of the Irish traditional music band Danú.
Anglicized form of Ó Gradaigh
, meaning "descendant of Gradaigh." Gradaigh is a personal name derived from the Irish Gaelic word grada
, "the illustrious one."
The surname ÓhEarcáin (Harkins) is derived from the Irish nickname of Erc or Earc meaning freckled. The diminutive of Erc or Earc is Ercáin or Earcáin. When the Irish alphabet added the aspirate “h” the name became hErcáin or hEarcáin with the hereditary surname prefixes Uí hErcáin, UahErcáin, ÓhEarcáin and (female)Ní Earcáin that was anglicized as Harkin, Harkan, or Harkins... [more]
The name Hurley
itslef come from the stick used in the game of Hurling, first played in Ireland. The name might have origanated due to a player of the game being dubbed hurley. O' would signify being a decendent of Hurley, thus O'Hurley.
Derived from lon
("blackbird") and a diminutive combined with O
("grandson; male descendant").
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meadhra
"descendant of Meadhair" a personal name derived from meadhair