Many of us bear Irish last names or surnames as we say in Ireland. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these Irish names?
What are the most common Irish last names found world wide?
From where in Ireland do these family names hail?
What is the most common surname in Ireland?
Today’s post and wonderful informative graphic was created by the good folks at the Ocean Sands Hotel in Sligo. Hope you find some of the answers to your burning Irish last name questions here.
You may not have found your last name here, but if you want a little more information, why not check out Irish Central’s article, which delves into the Top 300 Irish Family Names.
Here’s what they had to say about my last name “Geary” ….
“O’Gara, Geary – The sept of O’Gara, Ó Gadhra in Irish, is closely associated with that of O’Hara. They have a common descendant down to the tenth century, Gadhra, the eponymous ancestor of the O’Garas, being nephew of Eadhra (a quo the O’haras). From then on they established separate chieftainries, O’Gara taking the territory to the south of the barony now known as Leyney, Co. Sligo, with the O’Haras being to the north of them.”
But I have heard a less kind explanation of our last name. “Gadhar” is the Irish word for hound, and my ancient ancestors were so named because they were vicious like hounds in battle. Oh my, I hope we’ve mellowed over the years.
And so if you’re interested in a little history of your Irish family name, I hope you enjoy this wonderful information.