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Driscoll of Cork
Griffith's Valuation
Distribution of Surnames in West Cork

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The chart below is based on extracts from Griffith's Valuation of the Driscoll surname, agnomens, related names, and variant spellings from the districts of Bantry, Castletown, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, and Skull. This chart is continuing to undergo corrections.

The red number at the lower left of each pie chart is the sum of all these names extracted in that district. The key shows only a few of the many spelling variants extracted.

The totals of surnames extracted are highest for Skibbereen, Skull, and Clonakilty. The O'Driscolls were driven out of southwest Cork centuries ago by the O'Sullivans, and experienced further pressures from the O'Mahonys. The O'Driscolls were eventually squeezed into the Skibbereen area.

Driscoll (turquoise) dominates the other surnames everywhere except in Bantry, where it is outnumbered by Minihane (dusty pink).

Caution must be used interpreting the distribution of Bohane (dark blue) because it may be a secondary name for Sullivan.

Cadogan (red) is heaviest in Skibbereen, has a barely recognizable presence is Skull, and is apparently absent elsewhere.

Minihane (dusty pink), is heavest relative to the other surnames in Bantry. It has a noticeable presence in Castletown, Skull, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, and Macroom, and is apparently absent in Dunmanway. The Minihane name has been linked to Driscoll in the "Who Are My Ancestors?" series by Riobard O'Dwyer.

Coffee and its variants (darker green) is heavier in Castletown and Macroom. There are a few in Skibbereen.

Finn (orange) is heaviest in Clonakilty.

Whooley (pale green), believed to have originated around Clonakilty, barely shows a presence there, but is noticeable in neighboring Skibbereen, with a relatively minor presence in Castletown, Skull, and Macroom, and some presence in Bantry.

See the Griffith's Valuation page for detailed listings.


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