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IRISH Surnames - Origins etc.

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AnnCardiff Report 14 Jan 2009 23:23

Irish Ancestors /Surname sites starting with 'm'
Websites for surnames starting with m. Variant spellings are included, so there may be some duplication. ..... McCluskey Co. Cavan. McClusky Co. Cavan ... - 570k - Similar pages

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 14 Jan 2009 23:32


Many of the Price in Ireland are of Welsh extraction, where the name is found in earlier forms as ApRice, apRhys. Rhys, etc.

The Price family of Saintfield House Co Down, is found in the Irish Book of Arms.

The birth index of 1890 finds the family centered in Dublin and Antrim.


Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 14 Jan 2009 23:35


Nothing in this book at all, about the name Penston



Treehunter Report 14 Jan 2009 23:47


Thanks for your look up


♥Betty Boo from Dundee♥

♥Betty Boo from Dundee♥ Report 15 Jan 2009 00:01

Hi Teresa,

Wondered about my gran's surname Kearney in Belfast Antrim and Carney in Scotland and England. Roman Catholic Family.



Eileen Report 15 Jan 2009 09:05

Hello Teresa and Ann

Thank you for your offer , the names are.

Malloy (sometimes transcribed Molloy)

Thanking you Eileen


tinaj Report 15 Jan 2009 09:12

Hi Teresa and Ann

Thankyou for the offer.

Do you have anything on the names MELIA or O'MELIA, and O'DONNELL please?

Many thanks
Tina x


GypsyJoe Report 15 Jan 2009 10:21

Hello Teresa and Ann

Thanks for the offer how about the name Foley?


Teresa L.A.

Teresa L.A. Report 15 Jan 2009 10:32

Hi Teresa, could you please look for Gannon and Harney, many many thanks.

From one Teresa to another xx


AnnCardiff Report 15 Jan 2009 10:33

The surname Foley is a fairly common name in Ireland. Recently at the website, the following surname search of their records showed the greatest concentration in Cork, Kerry, and Waterford. The Foleys held seats in Waterford since ancient times.

"Griffith's Valuation, a comprehensive listing of those who rented land/property throughout Ireland in the 1850s, records a total of 2407 entries for occupiers named 'Foley'. Of these 581 were found in County Cork and 444 entries in the neighbouring county Kerry. Waterford had a total of 330 and Wexford recorded 173 entries. The western counties had less than one hundred each while there are very few entries for the northern counties." 1

Foley, the angelicised version of 'foghladha' means plunderer or robber which may imply some viking blood involved. Spelling variations include: Foley, MacSharry, Foaley, Foli, Fooley, Sharry, Sharrie, McSharry, MacSharey, McSharey, Foalie, Foolie, Fowlie but O'Foley never caught on.

Foley's can be found in all fields - Thomas Foley, Speaker of the House; Tim Foley, football star; Clyde Foley, country western star; and James W Foley, Poet laureate of North Dakota, Donal Foley, teacher and writer for the Irish Times; entertainer Red Foley; Actor Dave Foley - just to name a few. Even in professional wrestling there is Mick Foley. There are Foley Inns and a Foley, Alabama. There have even been Foley's in Royalty

Some of the first Foley settlers of the United States include Bryan Foley who purchased land in Virginia in 1714; followed by James Foley in 1770; the Foleys also settled in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.


AnnCardiff Report 15 Jan 2009 10:35

This surname of GANNON originally derived from the Gaelic Mag Fhionnain, a name meaning 'one of fair hair and complexion'. The name was borne by several early Irish Saints. They were an old Erris family, where the name was spelt as Mag Canann. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames; they came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The Irish prefixes of Mac (son of) and O (grandson or descendant of) gave rise at an early date, to a set of fixed hereditary names in which the literal patronymic meaning was lost or obscured. These surnames originally signified membership of a clan, but with the passage of time, the clan system became less distinct, and surnames came to identify membership of what is called a 'sept' of people all living in the same locality, all bearing the same surname, but not necessarily descended from a common ancestor. Adoption of the name by people who did not otherwise have a surname and by their dependants was not uncommon. Later, nicknames were in some cases to supersede the original clan names. A notable member of the name was Father Michael GANNON who took part in the 1798 insurrection against the English. He played a prominent part on the side of the aristocracy in the period of the French Revolution. The name was taken early to the United States of America, and in a 1969 census there were approximately 14,461 persons of this surname residing in America. The lion is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour. Many Highland families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish. People heard of the attractions of the New World, and many left Ireland to seek a better life sailing aboard the fleet of ships known as the 'White Sails', but much illness took its toll with the overcrowding of the ships which were pestilence ridden. From the port of entry many settlers made their way west, joining the wagons to the prairies, and many loyalists went to Canada about the year 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists.


AnnCardiff Report 15 Jan 2009 10:36

Meaning and Origin of the Molloy Name

O'MOLLOY, MULLOY: O'MAOLMHUAIDH MODERN COUNTY: Offaly MEANING: `descendant of Maolmhuadh'. (The name derived from maol `chieftain' and muadh `proud'.) Albin O'Molloy, died 1223, was one of the bishops who officiated at the coronation of King Richard the Lionheart in England in 1189. A less important O'Molloy sept derived its name from O'Maoil Aoidh `descendant of a follower of St Aedh'.

Molloy Molloy, along with Mulloy and O'Molloy, is the anglicised version of a number of distinct Irish names. The O Maolmhuaidh, from maolmhuadh meaning 'proud chieftain', were part of the southern Ui Neill, the southern branch of the large tribal grouping claiming descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages, the fifth-century king who supposedly kidnapped St patrick to Ireland. they held power over a large part of what is now Co Offaly, where the surname is still very common. A second family were the O Maoil Aodha, 'descendant of the devoteee of (St) Aodh', from maol, literally 'bald', a reference to the distinctive tonsure sported by early Irish monks. As well as Molloy, this surname has also been anglicised as 'Miley' and 'Millea'. The name arose in east Connacht, in the Roscommon/east Galway region, and remains numerous there today.

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AnnCardiff Report 15 Jan 2009 10:38

This surname KEARNEY denotes descent from either one or two O'Cearnaigh septs, one located in County Mayo in Connacht, and the other in County Clare, whence is members moved to Tipperary. O'Catharnaigh is the other sept, located at Kilcoursey, County Offaly, the descendants of whom took the name FOX. These varying origins account for the wide distribution of the name today. The name in Gaelic is O'CATHARNAIGH, meaning war-like. The tradition of surnames in Ireland developed spontaneously, as the population increased and the former practice, first of single names and then of ephemeral patronymics or agnomina of the nickname type proved insufficiently definitive. At first the surname was formed by prefixing 'Mac' to the father's Christian name or 'O 'to that of a grandfather or earlier ancestor. Early records of the name mention Richard Kearney, 1547, Ireland. Elizabeth Kearney was documented in the year 1746. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Ireland. The lion is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

Teresa L.A.

Teresa L.A. Report 15 Jan 2009 10:46

Thank you very very much Ann for your quick reply, Keep up the excellent work you and Teresa are both doing.

It is quite any interesting read for Gannon.


AnnCardiff Report 15 Jan 2009 10:51


Other forms of this old west Munster name are Harknett and Harnedy. Its early anglicized form O'Hartnedy, which occured often in the sixteenth century Fiants, is closer to the Irish Ó hAirtnéada: Hartnetty is sometimes found in Co. Cork today. Families of these names are mainly located in counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, Harnet is more usual in Co. Limerick and Hartnett in Co. Cork, both are found in Co. Kerry, where the 1901 census recorded 55 families of Hartnetts. In each of those counties before the transfer of ownership of land from landlords to tenants there were four large proprietors called Harnett. Harney is a different name (Ó hAthairne) alias Haherney, which belongs originally to south Roscommon, but is today also found in counties Tipperary and Waterford.

Teresa L.A.

Teresa L.A. Report 15 Jan 2009 10:57

Thanks Ann, I have traced the Harneys back to South Roscommon and Waterford areas with lots of help from people on this site. so again many thanks for confirming this.


GypsyJoe Report 15 Jan 2009 11:13

Thanks Ann

That's brilliant.

I wonder if any of mine went to the US?


Gypsy Report 15 Jan 2009 12:46

Hi Teresa,
Can you look for
Clancy and

Thankyou :-)

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 15 Jan 2009 16:28


CUNNINGHAM and ROCHE can be found on this website

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 15 Jan 2009 16:35


Cassidy, Clancy and Ward an be found on here.

Maley, MELIA, Malley, Malia, Mailey are all varients of the surname O'MALLEY which you can find in the above website too