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

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

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 now County Kildare until the Norman invasion when they were driven from their lands and migrated into the mountains of Wicklow.

5. O'Brien - the noblemen

O'Briens are pretty lucky - they are descended from one of the greatest and most famous Irish kings - Brian Boru, the celebrated High King of Ireland.(941 - 1014) who was killed at the Battle of Clontarf.  The name O'Brien, also spelled O'Bryan or O'Brian, gives them leave to call themselves "high" and "noble."

4. Walsh - the Welshmen

The meaning of this "Welsh" name is pretty straightforward. The name Walsh is one of the most common of the Norman associated names found in Ireland. This famous national locational and descriptive nickname surname derives from the pre 7th Century Olde English and Anglo-Saxon word "waelisc", meaning "foreigner".  it is one of the ironies of history that the invaders from North Germany and even the later Vikings, should apparently refer to the people that they conquered or at least drove from their original homes, as 'The Foreigner" and even more so that the name should have stuck.

3. O'Sullivan - the hawkeyed ones

The O'Sullivans or Sullivans are one of the most populous of the Munster families. The surname is an anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Suileabhan". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname Suileabhan, variously interpreted as "hawk-eyed" or "one-eyed".

2. Kelly - the bright-headed ones

The Kellys are all over Ireland; the name originates from at around 10 different and unrelated ancient clans or septs. This interesting surname, with variant spellings Kelley and Kellie is an Anglicized form of the great Old Gaelic name "O'Ceallaigh".  It is an ancient first name that is no longer used as a first name in Ireland. However, Kelly is a popular first name for women in the U.S.

1. Murphy - the sea battlers

Murphys - you win the prize for most common and widespread name in Ireland, especially in County Cork. The name was first anglicized to MacMurphy and then to Murphy in the early 19th century.  It is said to derive from the pre 9th century Gaelic name O' Murchadha, meaning the male descendant of the Sea Warrior. As Ireland, the Isle of Man and parts of northern England were for several centuries under Viking control, the association between a name meaning 'sea warrior', and the Vikings is surely more than coincidence. John Murphy (1700 - 1770), better known as Sean O' Murchadha na Raithineach, was the last chief of the famous bards of Blarney Castle.

So regardless of your last name, you have 8 more days to get your Irish on !!

Previous in The Countdown to St Paddy's Day:

14 Days to St Paddy's - The Shamrock Shake

13 Days to St Paddy's - Irish Wheaten Bread

12 Days to St Paddy's - Potato and Cabbage Soup

11 Days to St Paddy's - Pot Roast with Guinness Gravy 

10 Days to St Paddy's - 10 Facts about Guinness

9 Days to St Paddy's - 9 Irish Toasts

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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
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Susan, my broker's name is Kelley Byrnes. I guess she has her "Irish" on at all times! lol

Mar 09, 2011 05:11 AM #11
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Lydie -  I hope she doens't have the Irish temper too!

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Very fun to read! My mother's maiden is O'Leary...I will have to find out where that ranks! Hope you are having a fun day getting YOUR Irish on!

Mar 09, 2011 07:56 AM #13
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O'leary is a very popular name in Ireland.  I wondered where your 'Shannon' came from and now I have my answer :0)

Mar 09, 2011 08:41 AM #14
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Hi Susan,

I'm not the betting sort, however I would bet you have tried a green beer on Saint Patrick's day!

Thanks for the fun information on Irish names. I can't wait to see what happens on day seven...

Best regards,

Mar 09, 2011 08:52 AM #15
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Susan, you forgot O'Lantern! As in Paddy... ;)

My father in law's b-day is on St Patricks day, what an excuse to drink green beer and party!

Mar 09, 2011 10:25 AM #16
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Susan, you misspelled the number 1 name.  K-E-N-N-Y.  Edward and Ceilia are using my favorite quote and Ellen, I resemble that comment.

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Thanks for sharing! Very interesting! Looking forward to some green beer ha ha!

 

-Michael

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Judi -  I cannot tell a lie . . .  and I'm not even a beer drinker.  But, you gotta do what you gotta do!

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Peg -  And his cousin Paddy O'Furniture!   Your FIL must have the luck of the Irish.  Wish him a happy birthday for me :0)

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Joe - silly me, spelling was never my strong suit!  

Mar 09, 2011 11:05 AM #21
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Michael -  bottoms up!

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I would not have kown Walsh and Byrne, always learning on AR!  :-)

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Virginia -  they surprised me too when they popped up in my search.

Mar 09, 2011 02:47 PM #24
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Good morning Susan - Just seven days to go now until the big day! ;)

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Counting them down with you. :)

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Marc - Tick Tock

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Gail -  I know you're getting your Irish on with me!

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Susan - Just found your post about St. Pattys day.  I'll have to go back and read some of these.  I have a little Irish in my background so it'll be interesting to learn something.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Hi Carla =  Welcome to the series.  We're up to One Day on our Countdown so I hope you get to check them all out!

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