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Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’.
This surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is a variant of "Cribben", which itself is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name "MACROIBIN
", meaning "son of (mac) Robin", a patronymic from the Anglo-Norman French given name "Robin"... [more]
GRIFFIN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha "descendant of Gríobhtha
", a personal name from gríobh
The surname Guinan comes from the Irish surname O Cuanain (O'Conein and MacConein) and is derived from the Irish Cuinin for "rabbit", son of Dugal. They claim descendancy through the Donnelly line of the native Irish.
GUTHRIE Scottish, Irish, German
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair
‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth
‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach
. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre
‘son of Uchtre
’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁgáin
"descendant of Ógán
", a personal name from a diminutive of óg
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAodhagáin
"descendant of Aodhagán
", a personal name formed from a double diminutive of Aodh
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁilgheanáin
"descendant of Áilgheanán", a pet form of a personal name composed of old Celtic elements meaning "mild, noble person".
According to MacLysaght, a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁdhmaill
"descendant of Ádhmall
", which he derives from ádhmall
Shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAinbhthín (modernized as Ó hAinifín) ‘descendant of Ainbhthín’, a personal name derived from ainbhíoth ‘non-peace’, ‘storm’.
Means “descendant of Áinle.” Derived from “O’Hanley,” an anglicized form of “Ó hÁinle,” ultimately from Gaelic “ainle” meaning “beauty, grace.”
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAnluain
"descendant of Anluan", a personal name from the intensive prefix an
- and luan
"light", "radiance" or "warrior". Occasionally it has been used to represent HALLINAN
HARE Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÍr, meaning ‘long-lasting’. In Ireland this name is found in County Armagh; it has also long been established in Scotland.... [more]
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)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
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’.
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]
From the Irish Ó'hIonnghaile
, itself "descendant of (a variation of) FIONNGHAL
, "white, fair"; gall
, "stranger")... [more]
A variant of the traditionally Irish surname Hennessey
, an Anglicization of Ó hAonghusa
meaning "‘descendant of AONGHUS
From Irish Gaelic Ó hIarfhlatha
"descendant of IARFHLAITH
", a personal name meaning literally "lord of the west".
I can only date it back to Armagh County, Ireland in the early 1800s.
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’. 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]
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
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".
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
JOYCE English, Irish
From the Breton personal name Iodoc
, a diminutive of iudh
"lord", introduced by the Normans in the form Josse
was the name of a Breton prince and saint, the brother of Iudicael
), whose fame helped to spread the name through France and western Europe and, after the Norman Conquest, England as well... [more]
KANE Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
KEANE Irish (Modern)
A nickname for a "brave" or "proud" person deriving from Middle English given name Kene
Gaelic form of Keirnan is Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna
, meaning "lord." First found in County Cavan, Ireland.
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair
meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar
means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
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'".
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh
meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
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.
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
From Gaelic Ó Cadháin
meaning "descendant of Cadhán", a byname meaning "barnacle goose".
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
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
Lalor is an Irish surname derived from the Irish Ó Leathlobhair, from leath- “leper; weak, ailing person”
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]
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: 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
LEYDON Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
His name was commemorated in numerous place-names, such as Lugdunum (Celtic *Lugu
dūnon, "fort of Lugus"; modern Lyon, France), capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis... [more]
LIVINGSTONE Scottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called LEVIN
), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
Possibly a variant spelling of Irish Laughlin. This is a common name in NC.
From Gaelic Ó Lomasna
meaning "descendant of Lomasna", a byname from lom
"bare" and asna
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
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
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."
MACFHEARGHUIS Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic for "Son of Fhearghuis
" (also spelled "FEARGHAS
") and due to the complexities of pronunciation, has been spelled MacFergus
and anglicised as FERGUSON
and shortened in Fergus
, corrupted into other forms like Fergushill
Patronymic surname from the original Irish Gaelic form 'mac an tsaoi' meaning "son of the scholar". Notable namesake is Irish rugby player ALAN LEON
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.
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]
First found in County Monaghan located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.... [more]
MAC UIGHILÍN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of HUGELIN
". the surname was allegedly adopted by the de Mandevilles, a Cambro-Norman family that had conquered an area of north Antrim, a county in Northern Ireland... [more]
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."
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]
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
Derived from the Irish "Mac Amhalghaidh" from the prefix Mac- (son of-) and AMHALGHAIDH
, Old Irish form of the name Aulay/ Auley... [more]
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".
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]
Pre 7th Century Anglo Saxon. From the word "coc," meaning to cook.