are used on the island of Ireland as well as elsewhere in the Western World as a result of the Irish diaspora. See also about Irish names
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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
Anglicized version of Gaelic Mac Bhloscaidh, which comes from "Bloscadh", a personal name probably derived from "blosc" meaning "blast".
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
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
My guess is that my surname was changed sometime in the early 1800's but have never learned how my family name derived from or from where it originated.
Anglicization of the Gaelic surname Mac Ruaidhrí, which means "Son of Rory
Mccreary Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruidhrí, a variant of Mac Ruaidhrí, which has been connected to Irish ruadh ‘red’ (see McCrory) and to the Old Norse personal name Hrothrekr, whence Roderick.
From Gaelic Mac Cruitín
"son of Cruitín
", a nickname for a hunchback.
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.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhíodhbhuidhe
meaning "son of Fíodhbhadhach", derived from fiodhbhadhach
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).
The surname McGarrett is from the two Germanic given names Gerald and Gerard.
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
Mckennie Scottish, Irish
An anglicised form of the Irish/Scottish Gaelic MacEacharna
, meaning "son of Eacharn
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
McVeigh Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Bheatha
or Mac an Bheatha
and derived from Gaelic Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life" (see MacBeth
Megarry Irish, English
From the Irish 'Mag Fhearadhaigh', meaning "descendant of the fearless one"
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"... [more
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).
Morey Irish, English
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Mórdha
, and in English (of Norman origin), from the Old French given name Mory
, a short form of Amaury
Morrissey is an Irish name meaning "choice of the sea".
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 Maoil Mhichíl
meaning "descendant of Maoilmhichil", Maoilmhichil
being a personal name meaning "devotee of (Saint) Michael", referring to 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.
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
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó hIonmhaineáin
meaning "descendant of Ionmhaineán", a given name derived from the diminutive of Ionmhain
meaning "beloved, dear".
Nugent English, Irish, French
An English, Irish (of Norman origin) and French habitational surname derived from any of several places in northern France (such as Nogent-sur-Oise), From Latin novientum
and apparently an altered form of a Gaulish name meaning "new settlement".
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".
Maybe means "Son of Daniel" or "Descendant of Daniel"
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