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IRISH Surnames - Origins etc.

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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 19 Jan 2009 22:43

Thank you. He was in the 88th Connaught Rangers.


CLK Report 19 Jan 2009 22:44

wow quick work there ladies!! thanks a lot x x x


michael2 Report 21 Jan 2009 16:14

hi theresa could you please look for the names mckeown, and lynn thank you somerset man


SpanishEyes Report 23 Jan 2009 22:04

Please could you look at the following surnames for me.

Many thanks



AnnCardiff Report 23 Jan 2009 22:47

Sullivan already done - check back!! and Keegan


AnnCardiff Report 23 Jan 2009 22:58

The surname of RUSH was derived from the Old French word 'rous' a nickname for one with red-hair. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans.The name in Ireland is O'Ruis, and as such is found chiefly in County Monaghan. In Mayo, where the name is found as RUSH, it is the name of a sept of the Ui Fiachra called O'Luachra. The name was taken to Ireland by English settlers in medieval times. Early records of the name mention Anthony Rush, who registered at Oxford University in 1554. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. In 1561 Thomas O'Rushe appears as an official letter carrier, and Tadhag O'Rushe appears in the County Dublin Fiants of 1566. Thomas Rush married Elizabeth Smyth at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1600. Hugh Massie and Thomasine Rushe were married at the same church in the year 1638. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.


fin304 Report 24 Jan 2009 08:26

hello, could you look at HENNESSEY for me.


Tonia Report 24 Jan 2009 20:32

Do you have anything on Devery or Devereaux?


Patricia Report 1 Feb 2009 21:33

Thank you Teresa for looking up for Comer it must be a very uncommon name Patricia


AnnCardiff Report 1 Feb 2009 21:40

Surname: Deveraux
Recorded in many spellings forms (see below) and including the anglicised versions of Deverick(s) and Deverock, this very interesting surname is of Norman-French origin. Introduced into England at the Conquest of 1066, it is a locational name from the town of Evreux, in the department of Eure, Normandy. The place is so called from having apparently been the capital of the "Eburovices", a Gaulish tribe of the pre 7th century, whilst the tribal name which gave rise to the later surname derives from the river name "Ebura" (now the Eure), meaninmg the yew trees. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, or in this case another country, and were most easily identified by the name of their birthplace. The surname in England is first recorded in the latter half of the 11th Century (see below), and has many spellings ranging from Everist, Everix, Everiss and Evreux to Deveraux, Devereu, and Deverose. Early examples of the surname recording include: Walter de Eureus in the 1159 Pipe Rolls of the county of Herefordshire, and Stephen de Euereus in the Memoranda Rolls of Worcestershire for the year 1199. Later recordings of the surname from surviving church registers include: the marriage of Ellyn Everest and Edward Pullinger, at the church of St Margaret Pattens in the city of London, on September 14th 1590, Walter Devorux, who married Sara Mahama (?) at the church of St Mary Lothbury, and in the same year Gilbert Devoricke was a witness at the famous church of St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on November 29th. Other recordings include the marriage of Recherd Everest and Grace Knevet, on December 19th 1605, at St. Mary Somerset, and John Deverick at St Pancras Old Church, also city of London, on January 30th 1831. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger de Ebrois, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Norfolk. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


AnnCardiff Report 1 Feb 2009 21:41

Surname: Hennessey
Sorry we have yet to research the origin of the surname Hennessey

But don't despair :-) We still endeavour to research about 10 surnames a month. To make sure that we can serve as many people as possible we have a scheme for researching the names with the most interest.

We measure this by the number of people watching a surname, we will research the names from the top of this list. So register with us and add the surnames your interested in to your watch list, and we will email you when these names get updated.


AnnCardiff Report 1 Feb 2009 21:46


Ir. surname, from O'(h)Aonghusa "descendant of Aonghus" ("one-choice").

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 1 Feb 2009 22:10

Ann.....Thanks for keeping this thread going.

Sorry I haven't been on here for a while, but my computer was 'capput' for over a week and I've been busy down loading everything on to CD's before it goes 'capput' again. Looks like I will have to fork out for a new one as my hard drive is the problem and its getting old now. Not just me using my computer but the whole family..what a nightmare.
Hope to be back on here later.



AnnCardiff Report 1 Feb 2009 22:27

no worries - I enjoy it!!

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 1 Feb 2009 22:51

somerset man

McKEOWN and LYNN can both be found on here.


Patricia Report 2 Feb 2009 14:06

Thanks Ann of Green Gables for the info on Comer, very interesting. I will go into the web site.

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!)

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!) Report 2 Feb 2009 14:57

I have a few Irish names so any info would be helpful:

O'Hallowin (not sure if this is spelt correctly by my ancestor!)

Many thanks



rubys Report 2 Feb 2009 15:34

hi ther i have
thank you


Dorothy Report 2 Feb 2009 23:53

any info on patrick o'melia born somewhere in ireland d o b 1830 also patrick 1839


Elaine Report 3 Feb 2009 00:59