Celtic Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Celtic peoples.
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Ó MUIMHNEACHÁIN Irish
It literally mean’s "Munsterman’s descendant".
O'MULLAWILL Irish
Anglicized form Gaelic Ó Maol Fábhail meaning "descendent of MAOLFÁBHAIL".
O'NEIL Irish
Variant of O'Neal.
O'PREY Irish
From the Irish Gaelic Á Preith or Ó Preith meaning "of the cattle spoil".
O'RINGER Irish
Means "family of O'Ringer".
O'RIORDAN Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ríoghbhárdáin meaning "descendant of Ríoghbhardán". The name Ríoghbhardán means "little poet king" (see Rórdán).
ORLAIGH Irish
The name orlaigh means golden lady/princess. Usually spelt Orla or Orlaith and rarely spelt orlaigh. its a first name, not a surname
O'ROURKE Irish
Means "descendant of Ruairc", a pre-9th-century Norse personal name. A famous bearer was child actress Heather O'Rourke (1975-1988).
Ó RUADHAGÁIN Irish
Meaning, 'son of Ruadhagáin."
Ó RUAIRC Irish
Meaning, ‘descendant of Ruarc.’
Ó SEACHNASAIGH Irish
Means "descendant of Seachnasach", a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps derived from seachnach "elusive". The Ó Seachnasaigh or O'Shaughnessy family are believed to be descendants of Daithi, the last pagan king of Ireland.
Ó SEANACHAIN Irish
Means "grandson of Seanachan". Alternatively, may be derived from Gaelic seanachaidh, meaning "skilled storyteller".
O'SHAUGHNESSY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seachnasaigh "descendant of Seachnasach", a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps derived from seachnach "elusive".
Ó SÍOCHÁNA Irish
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Sheehan.
O' TOLAN Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
Ó TORÁIN Irish
Meaning, ‘descendant of Torán’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of tor ‘lord’, ‘hero’, ‘champion’.
O’TORAN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Toráin ‘descendant of Torán’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of tor ‘lord’, ‘hero’, ‘champion’.
O' TUATHALAIN Irish
May translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
O' TWOLAN Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
PAIP Medieval Scottish, Biblical Latin, Scottish Gaelic
An ancient Caithness surname, meaning father. The family changed their name from "Paip" to "Pope".
PARHAM Irish, English
This name has been used amongst the Irish and English. This user's great grandmother came from Ireland and her maiden name was Parham. However, in English (London) it is a habitational name from places in Suffolk and Sussex, named in Old English with pere ‘pear’ + ham ‘homestead’.
PAYTON Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin "descendant of PEATÁN.
PEGG English, Welsh
Son of "Margaret", in Old English.
PEMBROKE Welsh
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
PENROSE Cornish, Welsh
Originally meant "person from Penrose", Cornwall, Herefordshire and Wales ("highest part of the heath or moorland"). It is borne by the British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose (1931-).... [more]
PERDUE English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu ‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
PEREIRE Breton (Latinized, Archaic)
This surname is the Gallic (Gaulish) origin and it means wild pear tree. There are also similar spellig in the Iberian Peninsula such as Pereiro, Pereyro, Pereiros, Perero and Pereros. These surnames (last names) correspond to families of the Celtiberian culture.
PEREIRI Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Pereiri or Pereiro is a Galician surname in the north of Spain. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
PEREIROS Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It is a last name that belongs to Celtic families. Its meaning is the will pear tree.
PERESS Breton (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means Son of Peter (Pedro).
PERKIN English, Welsh
"Variant of Surname Perkins "
PEW Welsh
From Welsh ap Hew or ap Hugh "son of Hugh" (see Pugh). A fictional bearer is Blind Pew, the blind pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' (1883).
PHÓIL Irish
Possibly a short form of Mac Phóil or Mac Giolla Phóil.
PIKE English, Irish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a sharp point, from Old English pic ‘point’, ‘hill’, which was a relatively common place name element.... [more]
PILKINGTON English (British), Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, England.
POGUE Irish, American
An Irish surname meaning "kiss"
POLAND English, German, French (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
English and German name is derived from the Middle High German Polan, which means "Poland". The surname originally signified a person with Polish connections.This French surname originated from an occupational name of a poultry breeder, or from a fearful person; it is derived from the Old French poule, which means "chicken".In other cases, particularly in Ireland, the English Poland is a variant of Polin,which is in turn an Anglicised form of the original Gaelic spelling of Mac Póilín, which translated from Irish means "son of little Paul"... [more]
POLING English, Welsh
Altered form of Bolling, possibly also of Bollinger or Pollinger.
PRATHER Irish
The name Prather derives from the word Praetor which means leader or each of two ancient Roman magistrates ranking below consul.
PREECE Welsh (Anglicized), English
Variant of PRICE. From Welsh ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS". ... [more]
PRENDERGAST Irish
means "good priest's glen" in Irish
PRIOR Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora meaning "son of the prior".
PRIVETT French, English, Welsh (?)
French, from the given name Privat (see PRIVATUS). Also an English habitational name from a place so named in Hampshire, derived from Old English pryfet "privet".
PUMPHREY Welsh
From Welsh ap Umffrey meaning "son of Humphrey".
QUADE Irish, German
As an Irish surname, it is a variant of Quaid.... [more]
QUAID Irish
Reduced form of McQuaid.
QUAIL English, Manx
A variant of Quayle, derived from various patronymics meaning "son of Paul". Alternately, an English nickname derived from the bird, perhaps given to a person who was timid, or known for being promiscuous.
QUAYLE Irish (Anglicized), Scottish (Anglicized), Manx (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of various Gaelic patronymics derived from the given name Paul - namely, Manx Gaelic Mac Phaayl meaning "son of Paayl"; Scottish Gaelic Mac Phàil "son of Pàl"; and Irish Gaelic Mac Phóil "son of Pól"... [more]
QUILL Irish
Quill or Quille is an anglicised version of the Irish surnames Ó Cuill, Coll, Coill, and O'Coill (Ó Coill), all of which mean wood, forest or shrub Hazel Tree. The Coill clan are believed to be a bardic family from Munster, particularly Kerry and Cork... [more]
QUILLE Irish
Variation of Quill.
QUILLEN Irish
The surname Quillen is derived from the personal name Hugelin, which is a diminutive of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Uighilin.
QUINLEY English, Scottish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Apparently an altered form of Scottish McKinley or a reduced form of Irish McQuinnelly, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coingheallaigh or Ó Coingheallaigh ‘son (or descendant) of Coingheallach’, a personal name meaning ‘faithful to pledges’.
QUINLIVAN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Caoindealbháin meaning "descendant of Caoindealbhán", a personal name composed of caoin "comely, fair" and dealbh "form" with the diminutive suffix -án (compare Quinlan).
RAFTERY Irish
Corrupted version of "Rafferty"
RAINEY Irish, Scottish
From an Irish or Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Raighne, Ó Ráighne meaning "descendent of Raonull", the given name Raonull being derived from Old Norse Rögnvaldr, Røgnvaldr, Rǫgnvaldr.
RANKIN Scottish, Irish
Composed of the medieval given name Rankin, a diminutive of either Ronald or Rand and the name suffix kin.
RATIGAN Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Anglicized form of Ó Reachtagán, meaning "descendant of Reachtagán", a personal name from a diminutive of "reachtaire" ("steward", "administrator") or "reacht" ("law"). Was used in the Disney film Basil The Great Mouse Detective as the name of the villain, Professor Ratigan.
RAVELLINO Celtic
It means weaver or taylor. In the Gaelic languaje is wehydd or gwehydd.
REDMOND Irish
From the given name Redmond.
REITH Scottish (Anglicized), Irish
A Scottish surname of uncertain origin.... [more]
RENEHAN Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic, meaning "sharp- or star-pointed."
RHINE German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see Rhein). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RIAN Irish (Anglicized, Rare, ?)
An alternate spelling and pronunciation of Ó Riain, due to French influences after the progenitors of the family moved to France from Ireland.
RIORDAN Irish
meaning, "royal bard"
ROANE Irish
Variant spelling of Rowan or possibly a variant of Ruane.
RODERICK Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the personal name Rhydderch, originally a byname meaning "reddish brown".
ROGAN Irish
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadhagáin ‘son of Ruadhagán’, a personal name from a diminutive of ruadh ‘red’.
RONEY Irish (Anglicized, Modern, Archaic)
The most common Irish variant of Rooney primarily concentrated in the Ulster counties of Down, Louth, Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Sligo. From the Gaelic O'Ruanaidh and O'Ruanadha which means the descendant of the champion of ulster... [more]
ROONEY Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh "descendant of Ruanadh", a byname meaning "champion".
ROURKE Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruairc ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic Ruadhrac, a personal name from Norse Hrothrekr (see Roderick). This is the name of chieftain family in counties Leitrim and Cavan.... [more]
RUADHAGIN Irish
Meaning, ‘son of Ruadhagán.’
RUSH Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis "descendant of Ros", a personal name perhaps derived from ros "wood". In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra (see Loughrey).
SALAÜN Breton, French
Form of the given name Solomon.
SANCTI Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Sancti or Santi is a Italian surname in the north of Italy, Cisalpine Gaul or Galia Citerior also known as Galia Togata. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
SANKEY English, Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, which derived from the name of an ancient British river, perhaps meaning "sacred, holy." ... [more]
SANTIAIS Celtic (Latinized, Modern, Rare, Archaic), Ancient Celtic
Santiais is a surname of the Celtic origin (it's Cisalpine Gaul / Gallia Citerior, therefore, it's Italian-Celts, Italo-Celtic, Italo-Alpine). It meaning saint (sacred or holy)... [more]
SANTY Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It means saint, sacred or holy. In the Gaelic language is sanctaidd.
SCANNELL Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scannail, meaning "Descendant of Scannal," a name meaning "contention"
SCARRY Irish
Shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scurra, meaning ‘descendant of Scurra’, a personal name of uncertain origin.
SCURLOCK Welsh, Irish
Obscure, probably derived from 'ystog', a Welsh word meaning 'fortress'
SCURRY Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scoireadh, meaning ‘descendant of Scoireadh’.
SETH Scottish, Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Sithigh or Ó Síthigh (see Sheehy).
SHADY Engish, Irish
Origin unidentified. Possibly Irish or English.
SHANAHAN Irish
Anglicised form of Ó Seanachain.
SHAY Irish
Variant of Shea.
SHEEHAN Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
From irish "O Siodhachain" meaning "descendant of Siodhach" - peaceful or gentle, courteous.
SHEENE Irish (Anglicized)
Derived from the Gaelic siodhach which means "peaceful." Most commonly used in Ireland and originated in the county's southwest region.
SHELLEY English, Irish
From the given name Shelley. It means "wooded clearing" in Irish.
SHIVERS Irish
Irish variant of Chivers.
SILK English, Irish
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
SINEATH English, Irish
Variant of Sinnott. Not to be confused with the Irish first name Sinéad.
SINNOTT English, Irish
From the medieval personal name Sinod (from Old English Sigenōth, literally "victory-brave").... [more]
SIONÓID Irish
Gaelicization of Sinnott.
SKERRY Irish
Variant of Scarry or Scurry.
SLATTERY Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
Irish (Munster): reduced form of O’Slattery, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Slat(ar)ra ‘descendant of Slatra’, a byname meaning "robust", "strong", "bold".
SMULLEN Irish
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Smolláin, according to Patrick Woulfe, a variant of Ó Spealáin (see Spillane).
SOMERVILLE Scottish, Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Scottish (of Norman origin) habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name Sigimar (see Siemer) + Old French ville ‘settlement’. ... [more]
SPILLANE Irish
Irish: reduced form O’Spillane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Spealáin or ‘descendant of Spealán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of "speal" "‘scythe’". Compare Smullen... [more]
SPLAIN Irish
Irish: reduced form of Spillane.
ST LEGER Irish, English
Anglo-Irish surname, from one of the places in France called Saint-Léger, which were named in honour of St. Leodegar.
STOCKARD Scottish Gaelic, Dutch
Scottish: occupational name for a trumpeter, Gaelic stocaire, an agent derivative of stoc ‘Gaelic trumpet’. The name is borne by a sept of the McFarlanes.... [more]
STOHOKE Irish
Gaelic name that originated in Ireland.
SUMMERLY Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ó Somacháin "descendant of Somachán", a nickname meaning literally "gentle" or "innocent".
SWAIN Scottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein "young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
SWEENY Irish
Irish variant spelling of Sweeney.
SWIFT English, Irish
As an English surname, it is originated as a nickname for a swift, fast runner (from Old English swift meaning "swift, fleet, quick.")... [more]
SYLVERS Irish
Variant of Silvers.
TALLANT English (British, ?), Norman, Irish
English (of Norman origin) occupational name for a tailor or nickname for a good swordsman, from taillant ‘cutting’, present participle of Old French tailler ‘to cut’ (Late Latin taliare, from talea ‘(plant) cutting’)... [more]
TALLON English, Irish, Norman, French
English and Irish (of Norman origin), and French from a Germanic personal name derived from tal ‘destroy’, either as a short form of a compound name with this first element (compare Talbot) or as an independent byname... [more]
THULIS Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
TOAL Irish
Irish
TOLAN Irish
Recorded as O' Tolan, O' Twolan, Toland, Toolan, Toolin, apparently Thulis, possibly on some occasions O' Toole, and probably others, this is an ancient Irish surname of very confusing origins... [more]
TOLAND Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
TONER Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
An anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic surname, O'Tomhrair. Still used in the modern day Republic of Ireland, and relatively common in Atlantic Canada.
TOOLAN Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
TOOLIN Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
TOOMEY Irish
from ancient Gaelic personal name 'Tuama', probably derived from 'tuaim', meaning a hill or a small mountain
TORAN Galician, Irish
Galician (Torán): habitational name from the village of Santa María de Torán in Ourense province.... [more]
TORRENCE Scottish, Irish
Scottish and northern Irish habitational name from either of two places called Torrance (one near East Kilbride, the other north of Glasgow under the Campsie Fells), named with Gaelic torran ‘hillock’, ‘mound’, with the later addition of the English plural -s.... [more]
TOTUM Irish (Rare)
from the word "totem" meaning sign. Or from Irish 'titim' meaning 'fall'.
TRAINOR Irish
Reduced form of McTraynor, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thréinfhir "son of Tréinfhear", a byname meaning "champion, strong man" (from tréan "strong" and fear "man").
TREVELYAN Welsh, Cornish
Derived from a place-name which originally meant "farmstead ' trev' or Tref (town in Welsh) of Elyan".
TROY Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh "descendant of Troightheach", a byname meaning "foot soldier".
TUÍNEÁN Irish
Meaning, "watercourse."
TULLY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Taithligh "descendant of Taithleach", a byname meaning "quiet", "peaceable".
TULLY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Tuile "descendant of the devotee of the will of God" (from toil "will of God").
TURCOTTE Welsh, French
A Welsh and French surname, meaning “tower”.
TUTTLE English, English (American), Irish
Derived from the Old Norse given name Þorkell, derived from the elements þórr (see Thor) and ketill "cauldron". The name evolved into Thurkill and Thirkill in England and came into use as a given name in the Middle Ages... [more]
UNGOED Welsh
Derived from Welsh un "one" and coed "a wood".
UNION English, Irish
A bearer: Gabrielle Union, an actress.
URIE Scottish, English, Irish
From the Scottish Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire. May mean someone who is brave and loud.
VALIANT English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old French vaillant meaning "heroic, courageous".
VILA Celtic
It means village or small town. In the Gaelic languaje is pentref or bentref.
WALCH Irish
Variant of Walsh.
WALDRON Medieval German, Old Norman, Scottish Gaelic, English (British)
Derived from the German compound wala-hran, literally "wall raven", but originally meaning "strong bird". Also derived from the Gaelic wealdærn, meaning "forest dwelling", thought to be derived from the Sussex village of Waldron... [more]
WALSHE Irish
Variant spelling of Walsh.
WATHERS Irish
The surname originated in Donegal, Ireland. MacConuisce was an Anglicized form of o'hUisce. Uisce translates to water in English. Wathers is a rather uncommon name because it is an untraditional way of spelling Waters... [more]
WEALE Welsh
A Welsh name, quite rare.
WEIR Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir "son of the steward or keeper".
WEIR Irish
Anglicized form, based on an erroneous translation (as if from Gaelic cora "weir", "stepping stones"), of various Gaelic names such as Ó Corra (see CORR) and Ó Comhraidhe (see CURRY).
WELSH Irish
Variant of Walsh.
WINDHAM English, Irish (Anglicized)
English habitational name from Wyndham in West Sussex, near West Grinstead, probably named from an unattested Old English personal name Winda + Old English hamm ‘water meadow’; or from Wymondham in Leicestershire and Norfolk, named from the Old English personal name Wigmund (see Wyman) + Old English ham ‘homestead’... [more]
WOGAN Irish
From the Old Welsh personal name Gwgan or Gwgon, originally probably a nickname meaning literally "little scowler". (Cf. the second element in Cadogan.) This surname is borne by Irish radio and television presenter Terry Wogan (1938-).
WOODLOCK Irish, French, English
From an Old English personal name, Wudlac, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + lac ‘play’, ‘sport’.
WOOSENCRAFT Welsh
though this surname has an exotic look & attracts legends, it has it's origins in the Lancashire place name Wolstencraft, from elements Wulfstan (personal name) + croft ("enclosure")
WOULFE English, Irish
English: variant spelling of Wolf. ... [more]
WRINN Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn "descendant of Rinn", a personal name perhaps based on reann "spear".
WYND Scottish, Irish
Scotland or Ireland not sure of original origin. There was a childe Wynd some type of royal who slayed a dragon type thing worm or something and a Henery Wynd who was a mercenary in a battle at north inch in Scotland
WYNN Welsh, English
The surname Wynn ,(also spelled Winn, and Gwynn), is derived from the Welsh element, Gwynn, which can loosely be translated as "white" or "fair". It features in the name of the North Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd, (meaning "white head" or "white land")... [more]
YEAGER English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of German JÄGER.
YORATH Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Iorwerth.