Celtic Submitted Surnames

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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
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 (compare RONALD).
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.
REDMAN English, Irish
Variant of RAYMOND. Also a nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English rudde "red" and man "man".
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."
RESTORICK Cornish
Means "person from Restowrack", farm in Cornwall ("watery hill-spur").
REY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
Either a variant of MCRAE, or else directly derived from Irish , Scottish Rìgh, or Welsh ri, rhi, or rhiau, all meaning "king"... [more]
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.
RODDY Irish, Welsh
Derived from the Gaelic name Ó Rodaigh and linked to the given name RODDY meaning spirited or fierce
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".
ROSEVEAR Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros "moor, heath" and vur "big".
ROURKE Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó RUAIRC ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic RUADHRAC, a personal name from Norse HROTHREKR (see RODERICK)... [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.
SALDRIM Irish
Means "One who knows".
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.
SCANLON Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Scannláin.
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).
SHADDY Irish
Origin unidentified. Perhaps a variant of Irish Sheedy.
SHADY English, 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.
SHEERAN English, Irish
Shortened form of O'SHEERAN.
SHELLEY English, Irish
From the given name SHELLEY It means "wooded clearing" in Irish.
SHERLOCK English, Irish
Nickname for someone with "fair hair" or "a lock of fair hair."
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]
SIOBHÁN Irish
From the given name SIOBHÁN.
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".
SMALLEY English, Cornish (?)
Locational surname from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl ‘narrow’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. This may also be a Cornish name with an entirely separate meaning.
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]
SPARGO Cornish
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
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’"... [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.
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]
THEODULF Irish (?)
The name means "Wolf God" or "Wolf of Gods Blood".... [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".
TOMÁS Spanish, Portuguese, Irish
From the given name TOMÁS.
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.
TOOHEY Scottish Gaelic
Modern form of the ancient pre 10th century Gaelic O' Tuathaigh meaning the descendant of the chief.
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'.
TRAHAN French (Cajun), Welsh
From the Welsh name Trahern, derived from the Welsh family seat Trehaverne.
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").
TREBILCOCK Cornish
Means "person from Trebilcock", Cornwall (apparently "dear one's farmstead"). The final -ck is standardly silent.
TREGORY Cornish (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
This obscure British surname is a variant form of Tregury, which is an anglicization of the rare Cornish surname TREGURTHA.... [more]
TREGURTHA Cornish
A rare Cornish surname that derives its name from either the manor of Tregurtha in the parish of St. Hilary (located in west Cornwall) or from the hamlet of Tregurtha Barton in the parish of St. Wenn (located in central Cornwall)... [more]
TREMAINE Cornish
Comes from the Cornish words "tre", meaning settlement and "men", meaning stone.
TREVELYAN Welsh, Cornish
Derived from a place-name which originally meant "farmstead ' trev' or Tref (town in Welsh) of Elyan".
TREVITHICK Cornish
Means "person from Trevithick", the name of various places in Cornwall ("farmstead" with a range of personal names). It was borne by British engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833), developer of the steam engine.
TREWIN Cornish
Habitational name from Trewin in Cornwall.
TREZISE Cornish
Means "person from Trezise or Tresayes", Cornwall ("Englishman's farmstead").
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 French, Welsh
Means "tower" in French and Welsh.
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".
UNIACKE Irish
Unknown meaning.
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".
VERRAN Cornish
Perhaps means "person from Treverran", Cornwall (from Cornish tre "farmstead" with an unknown second element), or "person from Veryan", Cornwall ("church of St SYMPHORIAN").
VILA Celtic
It means village or small town. In the Gaelic languaje is pentref or bentref.
WAKEHAM English, Cornish
A locational surname for someone who lived in one of three places called Wakeham in various parts of England, including Cornwall and/or Devon.
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]
WALL Irish
Anglicized from of de Bhál, a Gaelicized form of de Valle (see DEVALL).
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]
YAW Irish, English, Chinese
Irish: reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qiu.
YEAGER English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of German JÄGER.
YORATH Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name IORWERTH.
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