The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. My grandmother’s maiden name was MacDonagh. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. I was trying to find information out on my last name Irwin. Although I don’t see either of those names listed, My great-great grandmother was Hannah McCarthy, who came over with my grandmother, who was a child at the time. I would really like to know where would be the best source of information about these people. Brick wall is frustrating. Hello, In Ireland there are no laws that state you can call yourself Squire, Squireen (coming from the diminutive 'Scuibhéirín', 'Little Squire') or Squiress – Just as there are no laws that state you can call yourself Mr or Mrs. For a whole range of other indexes to various groups of people on this web-site, please see the Custom Index(es) page. I was curious because I have heard that my line on the Irish side was from Sutton and Duggan. Her father was suppose to be Anthony Joyce, I see Joyce in Connaught. Mike. I love reading the posts. Print. I have a death certificate of a grandfather on my Dad’s side, having been born in Prescott, Ontario 1865, whose parents are listed as having come from , it seems. If you look up the online Irish census ( for Gallivans in County Kerry you will see what I mean – and probably find a few cousins. Hi, my dads family name is O’TOOLE and KENNY both from Wicklow. I have found my great and great great grandfather on the various lists available and the name Magennis is also used. Thank you again, Claire McGrievy Finley. of the marriage and of the births of there children.. then it all stops.. Frustrating to say the least.. Joanne – Gallivan and Galvin are pretty much the same, from the Irish Ó Gealbháin. Mike. Mike. I did subscribe to the newsletter. One of my favourite soccer players was Denis Irwin – a Cork man who played for Manchester United in the 1990s. my grandmother researched the McManus family tree and insists we are descended from the First Lord of Fermanagh, don’t see any McManus’s in your list! Early Origins of the Troy family. But you will still find plenty of Kanes in Counties Derry and Tyrone. If you have any questions, thoughts, comments on any of these families – do let me know in the comments section below! I have listed the family names below. They had their territory guarded by Gallowglass and the towerhouses and castles we see today. Mike. My family names are Ó Coigligh, and Ó Ceallaigh. However, the quirk is that there is actually no minimum size of land that you need to own to be a Squire/Squireen/Squiress. Have you ever been to Kilkenny Castle? Nice to find there are a few Crowns in the family Liz! You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. Mike. Thank you. Far indeed Edward. How do I get the history of the Roches from you ? But sounds like you’re from the Royal McCarthys of Munster! What is the possibility of this migration, and is the Guinness Brewery descended from the same family from County Down? Mike. Hi Bryan – the “royals” of Ireland ebbed and flowed somewhat over time. Hi Charles – I’m not familiar with the Surname Cork from Cork – but is there a chance it could be a shortened version of Corkery? These are listed in the Place Search of the catalog under the following headings: Pedigrees or other genealogical information on nobility are found in the following sources: Ⓒ 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. I am having a hard time trying to find them in Ireland. The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland. I am very interested in my families heritage and would like to know if you have any information. Do feel free to share some of your photos over there! Hi Mike – My family is from Clare (mother’s father and father’s mother) and Sligo (mother’s mother) and Cork (father’s father). Well my Great Great Grandmother was Bridget JOYCE she married Anthony Dixon. [citation needed], Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, "Terence of Belfast - The Kingdom of Desmond Association",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 11:24. Love your blog . The Rock of Cashel – Seat of the Kings of Munster. Is your Irish surname amongst them? The Ri surnames I am connected with are McMahon and O’Loughlin and going back in time O’Brien when he was Brian Boru and his brother was Mahon I believe…. Here at Your Irish Heritage we deal with the bigger picture. Phew, we made the list! There are some plaques in the church that document which Butlers of Ormonde are buried there, and also where others are buried, including Westminster Abbey. More like home and a huge population of irish there. They intermarried with other royal families to establish beneficial alliances and sponsored churches and monasteries on their lands. This is an incomplete index of the current and historical principle family seats of clans, peers and landed gentry families in Ireland. My 2nd great grandmother, Monica Donahue or Donoghue married Peter Morris. The Emerald Isle, as is well known, has a long and intricate history dominated by Irish chieftains, Viking invaders and foreign conquerors, amongst others. Wexford. So…my family line was a mahoney. Or are they from the same king (Brian Boru) family. I was told that the family originally came from County Down, but will probably never know because of the lack of records. Alexander grew up and married a Canadian girl, Elizabeth Buckingham. Is O’Byrne and O’Brien the same? They came to the United States around 1851. He was Irish and we would love to see where that name originated. Wishlist To Cart Details. I would like to know about my heritage. Congratulations Brooks – you are now in a Royal family . Back to Irish surnames. Mike. Lots of castles and history from earliest times in Counties Cork and Kerry for the McCarthys! Karen. The title of nobility is inherited or granted by the crown as a reward for performing a heroic deed or notable achievement or having a prominent political office. Also O’Cahan (Kane) I have a Great Grandmother who left Ireland and moved to Scotland with her parents Robert Kane and Mary (Cooper) Kane. Both peers and gentry are entitled to coats of arms. Regards – Mike. Mike. Gosh Mary Beth – I saw that too but can’t find it just now. My grandda used to say we where descendants of the first queens of Ireland. They were then moved from there by the Norman Roches – and they left for what became known as O’Keefe Country in North-West Cork. Learn more right here. I know this is vague but if you can tell me anything about the surname Sullivan that would be so helpful. Is the surname Finley related to the surname Finn? I was told that Langan was originally O’Longain. Sometimes it was also a version of the Irish surname MacDonnell. I have one at the moment as the cover picture on my facebook page. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. [1] Existing holders of aristocratic titles may continue to use them. Mike. Hi Karen – they are different names – no connection. It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. Mike. I am a descendant of the ancient Kingdom of Breffni. Beyond that was “beyond the Pale” – a land of individual chiefdoms and seeming lawlessness. I have a copy of the ships manifest with their names and ages. Mike. Thank you so much for everything that you post and all the information that you share. As a thank you, you can get 10% off any Irish plot of land by using the code: BLOG10, Use code BLOG10 today to get a 10% Discount, © Copyright Emerald Heritage Limited Registered in Alderney, PO BOX 1004, Alderney, GY9 3AD, check out our “closer guide to the Glens of Antrim” here. The family story says that his parents or grandparents wanted him to be a Catholic priest, but he had other intentions and ran away. Mike. Last, but most certainly not least, come the squires, squireens and squiress we all hold dearly to our hearts here at Emerald Heritage. So, who were these families? Which I’m told used to be O’keefe when we lived in Ireland. The Irish nobility could be described as including persons who do, or historically did, fall into one or more of the following categories of nobility: . For hundreds of years to up the arrival of the Normans in the late 12th century – Ireland was divided into many autonomous kingdoms – ruled over by a “Ri” or King. Things you didn’t know about Irish surnames… The 10 Hardest to Pronounce Irish Surnames. The Kavanaghs are a branch of the MacMurrough family – Kings of Leinster for hundreds of years. This is amazing! • The Idea that the Irish of the time were illiterate unintelligent scavengers is very much a false history. They were kept on Partridge Island until they were declared healthy enough to go into St. John. (Family History Library film 100154 Item 4.) I didn’t see my family name up there but they had their own castle were they just a well off family? The naming conventions for European royalty and nobility is bewilderingly vast and intricate, with a person having many different possibilites for a surname, or none at all, making it difficult to locate people by surname.