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Q: surnames ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: surnames
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: armagh-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 20 Oct 2006 04:01 PDT
Expires: 19 Nov 2006 03:01 PST
Question ID: 775309
Is it possible to get an alphabetical list of Irish surnames
Subject: Re: surnames
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 20 Oct 2006 04:48 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear armagh-ga,

My research shows that there are three main sources for surnames in
Ireland. The first is a so called census in 1659 which was in fact an
abstract of names of persons paying poll tax; Griffith?s valuation
from 1848-1864, a property survey; and Matheson's Report on Surnames
in Ireland 1890.

University College Cork are currently undertaking a project using
these three sources and others to create an atlas of Irish Surnames.
Their website has an introduction to the project.

However, for some reason a report on the project is only available
through the Google cache in text format only. Part of the report lists
surnames in alphabetical order from 1659 census and Griffith?s
valuation. Third of the way down the page (part V)

To understand more about the 1659 census look at this page.,&hl=en&lr=&strip=1
To understand more about Griffith?s valuation look at this page.,&hl=en&lr=&strip=1

To see more pages of the report use this link. Click on ?Cached?. Near
the top click on ?Click here for the cached text only.?

Matheson's report is slightly limited in that it includes only
surnames having five or more birth entries and is post the large bulk
of Irish emigration. However, an alphabetical list of the first 100
appears on this site. You can buy a copy of the report through their

Irish Genealogical Society International
Robert Matheson, 1890 Birth Records

?This first list is based on the index of births for the year 1890,
and shows Murphy as the most common Irish surname, with about 62,600
bearing the name. The name Dwyer ranks 100 in the list, with about
8,100 persons.?

Ancestry Ireland website has additional information on the Report and
a database of names.

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you

Request for Answer Clarification by armagh-ga on 20 Oct 2006 07:25 PDT
Thanks: answerfinder-ga I was hoping for a 20th century list of Irish
surnames and if possible if it could be broke up into popular
Protestant surnames and popular Catholic SURNAMES THER WILL BE A $10

Clarification of Answer by answerfinder-ga on 20 Oct 2006 08:05 PDT
Dear armagh-ga,

It would have been helpful if you had stated that in your original
question. I have been unable to find a 20th century list. You would
probably need something like a telephone book database. On looking
again I found this database which includes those sources I already
mention and the Census Summaries (1901).

You will see that you can view names in alphabetical order.

armagh-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: surnames
From: elids-ga on 20 Oct 2006 07:58 PDT
huh interesting, I just noticed that "McCan" "O Cannan" are filed
under the C instead of M or O, why is that? what does Mc and O mean
(or meant) when used in surnames?
Subject: Re: surnames
From: armagh-ga on 20 Oct 2006 08:41 PDT
Sorry about being vague I will try to be more actuate in future with
my questions,and thank you for your time.

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