Northern Irish names
are used in Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ACTON English, Northern Irish
"Oak Town" in Old English. Parishes in Cheshire, Suffolk, Middlesex. There is also a place that bears this name in Ulster.
ARMOUR Scottish, Northern Irish
From Middle English, Old French armure
, blended with the agent noun armer
), hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.
BANKHEAD Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name for someone who lived at the top or end of a bank or hill. There are several minor places in Scotland so called, but the most likely source of the surname is one on the border between the parishes of Kilmarnock and Dreghorn in Ayrshire, Scotland.
BARR Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr
"height, hill" or a British cognate of this.
BOGLE Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill
BONAR Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval nickname for a courteous or good-looking person (from Middle English boner
"gentle, courteous, handsome"). A notable bearer of the surname was Canadian-born British Conservative politician Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), prime minister 1922-23.
CRAW English, Scottish, Northern Irish
One who had characteristics of a crow; sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Crawford, and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Crawshawbooth in Lancashire, and Crawley in Sussex
DUNDAS Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish (Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh): habitational name from Dundas, a place near Edinburgh, Scotland, which is named from Gaelic dùn
‘hill’ + deas
FORSYTHE Scottish, Northern Irish
This surname has two possible origins. The more accepted explanation is that it comes from the Gaelic given name Fearsithe
, which means "man of peace" from the elements fear
"man" and sithe
HARKNESS Scottish, English (British), Northern Irish
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name HERECA
(a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here
‘army’) + Old English næss
‘headland’, ‘cape’... [more]
LAUDER Scottish, Northern Irish
From a village in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. It derives from the Celtic Lauuedder
, probably indicating a rapidly flowing river, cognate with Modern Welsh llifer
meaning 'to gush'.
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]
MCCAMMON Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ámoinn
"son of Ámoinn
", a Gaelic form of the Norse personal name Amundr
, which is composed of the elements ag
"awe, fear", or "edge, point" and mundr
MCCORD Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt
or Mac Cuarta
, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh
MCGIVERN Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uidhrín, a patronymic from a personal name which is from a diminutive of odhar 'dun'. This surname is also found in Galloway in Scotland, where it is of Irish origin.
MCKINSTRY Northern Irish
From Gaelic Mac an Aistrigh
, a reduced form of Mac an Aistrighthigh
"son of the traveller".
MCMURTRY Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh
"son of Muircheartach
", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir
"sea" and ceartach
MCNULTY Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Irish surname historically associated with County Donegal in northwest Ireland meaning "descended of the Ulaid Nation". The surname is derived from an anglicized contraction of the original Irish patronymic Mac
"descended" an Ultaigh
REDDICK Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wīc
"outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr