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the 100 most common names found in IRELAND

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From the site IRISH MANES
... The Origin of Irish Family Names, a list of the 100 most common names found in Ireland and their meanings


These details were compiled from the 1890 Matheson report

Rank - Name - Gaelic Equivalent - Meaning

1 Murphy - Murchadha - sea-battler

2 Kelly - Ceallaigh - bright-headed

3 O'Sullivan - Silleabhin - dark-eyed

4 Walsh - Breathnach - Welshman

5 Smith - Mac Gabhann - son of the smith

6 O'Brien - Briain - high, noble

7 Byrne - Broin - a raven

8 Ryan - Maoilriain - king

9 O'Connor - Conchobhair - patron of warriors

10 O'Neill - Nill - from Niall of the Nine Hostages

11 O'Reilly - Raghallaigh

12 Doyle - Dubhghaill - dark foreigner

13 McCarthy - Mac Carthaigh - loving person

14 Gallagher - Gallchobhair - lover of foreigners

15 O'Doherty - Dochartaigh - hurtful

16 Kennedy - Cinnide - helmet headed

17 Lynch - Loinsigh - seafarer, exile

18 Murray - Muireadhaigh - lord, master

19 Quinn - Cuinn - wisdom, chief

20 Moore - Mordha - majestic

21 McLoughlin - Mac Lochlainn - viking

22 O'Carroll - Cearbhaill - valorous in battle

23 Connolly - Conghaile - fierce as a hound

24 Daly - Dlaigh - assembles frequently

25 O'Connell - Conaill - strong as a wolf

26 Wilson - Mac Liam - son of William

27 Dunne - Duinn brown

28 Brennan - Braonin - sorrow

29 Burke - de Brca - from Richard de Burgh

30 Collins - Coilein - young warrior

31 Campbell - crooked mouth

32 Clarke - Clirigh - clergyman

33 Johnston - Mac Sein - son of John

34 Hughes - hAodha - fire

35 O'Farrell - Fearghail - man of valour

36 Fitzgerald - Mac Gearailt - spear rule

37 Brown - Mac an Bhreithin - son of the brehon (judge)

38 Martin - Mac Giolla Mhirtn - devotee of Saint Martin

39 Maguire - Mag Uidhir - dun-coloured

40 Nolan - Nuallin - famous

41 Flynn - Floinn - bright red

42 Thompson - Mac Tomis - son of Thom

43 O'Callaghan - Ceallachin - bright headed

44 O'Donnell - Domhnaill - world-mighty

45 Duffy - Dufaigh - dark, black

46 O'Mahony - Mathna - bear-calf

47 Boyle - Baoill - vain pledge

48 Healy - halaighthe - artistic, scientific

49 O'Shea - Saghdha - fine, stately

50 White - Mac Giolla Bhin - of fair complexion

51 Sweeney - Mac Suibhne - pleasant

52 Hayes - hAodha - fire

53 Kavanagh Caomhnach comely, mild

54 Power - de Paor - the poor man

55 McGrath - Mac Craith - son of grace

56 Moran - Mrin - great

57 Brady - Mac Brdaigh - spirited

58 Stewart - Stiobhard - one who superintends

59 Casey - Cathasaigh - vigilant in war, watchful

60 Foley - Foghladh - a plunderer

61 Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phdraig - devotee of Saint Patrick

62 O'Leary - Laoghaire - calf-herd

63 McDonnell - Mac Domhnaill - world-mighty

64 MacMahon - Mac Mathna - bear-calf

65 Donnelly - Donnghaile - brown valour

66 Regan - Riagin - little king

67 Donovan - Donnabhin - brown, black

68 Burns - from Scottish Burness

69 Flanagan - Flannagin - red, ruddy

70 Mullan - Maolin - bald

71 Barry - de Barra - Cambro-Norman name

72 Kane - Cathin - battler

73 Robinson - son of Robert

74 Cunningham - Scottish name

75 Griffin - Grofa - Welsh: Gruffudd

76 Kenny - Cionaoith - fire sprung

77 Sheehan - O'Siodhachain - peaceful

78 Ward - Mac an Bhaird - son of the bard

79 Whelan - Faolin - wolf

80 Lyons - Laighin - grey

81 Reid - red haired, ruddy complexion

82 Graham - grey home

83 Higgins - hUiginn

84 Cullen - Cuilinn - holly

85 Keane - Mac Cathin

86 King - Cionga

87 Maher - Meagher - fine, majestic

88 MacKenna - Mac Cionaoith - fire-sprung

89 Bell - Mac Giolla Mhaoil

90 Scott - a Scottish gael

91 Hogan - hgin - young

92 O'Keeffe - Caoimh - gentle

93 Magee - Mag Aoidh - fire

94 MacNamara - Mac Conmara - hound of the sea

95 MacDonald - Mac Dnaill - world-mighty

96 MacDermott - Mac Diarmada - free from jealousy

97 Molony - Maolomhnaigh - servant of the Church

98 O'Rourke - Ruairc

99 Buckley - Buachalla - cow herd

100 O'Dwyer - Dubhuir - black

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