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8 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - 8 MOST POPULAR IRISH NAMES

This is a reblog of a post I wrote on the 9th March 2011.  To see the original post and comments, click here
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8 more days to get your Irish on!
Did you ever wonder which Irish names are the most popular?
Here's your Top Eight . . .
8. O'Connor - patrons of warriors
They might not be warriors themselves, but at least O'Connors descend from them! They trace their heritage and name from the Irish "Ua Conchobhair," meaning from Conchobhar,  and is considered to be historically the most important of all Irish surnames. It represents the last of the true Irish monarchy.
7. Ryan - the little kings
The meaning of the Irish name Ryan comes from the old Gaelic word "righ" and the old Irish diminutive of "an," which together form the meaning of "little king." The Ryan family motto is 'Malo More Quam Foedari', which, when translated, means 'I would Rather Die than be Disgraced'.
6. Byrne - the ravens
Byrne, originally O'Byrne, is an Irish surname of great antiquity and comes from the Gaelic O'Broin meaning "descended from Bran," an 11th century King of Leinster. The O'Byrnes were chieftains of what is ... more

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