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Irish Name Resources for Donegal

This page was compiled by Lindel and forms part of the Donegal Genealogy Resources Website

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The idea behind this page is to provide some information on Irish names you may come across during your family research in Donegal

 

This is not meant to be an authority on the Irish names/place names found in Donegal -  I have compiled these from my own research and information found on the internet

If you have anything to contribute to this page, or corrections you can make (thankyou Proinsias!) please Email Me

 

The Main Sources I used were -

Placenames Database of Ireland

Wikipedia

 

 

First Names

 

English/Anglicized Version Irish Latin Meaning
       
Agnes Úna    
Anthony Antoine Antonius  
Bernard   Bernardus  
Brigid / Bride Bríghid   High Godess
Charles Cathal Carolus Strong in battle
Chonnacht Constantine  
Connell Conall   Strong Wolf
Conor Concubhair/Cruthair    
Conor Conchobhar   Lover of Hounds
Cormac Cormac   Son of defilement
Daniel Domhnall / Dónall   World Mighty
David Dáithí    
Dennis Donnchadh Dionysius  
Dudley / Doalty Dubhaltach Dudley Dark-limbed, black-jointed
Edward Éamon(n) Edwardus Wealthy guardian
Ellen Eiléan Helena  
Eva Aoibhe    
Eve Aoife    
Ferdinand Fearganainm    
Fergal Fearghal   Manly, valorous
Francis/Frances Proinsias/Proinseas Fraciscus/Francesca  
Grace, Griselda Gráinne Gratia Inspiring terror; grain
Hugh Aodh Hugo Fire
James Séamus Jacobus  
John Seán Joannes  
Joseph   Josephus  
Lauren/Lawrence Lorcan/Lorcán/Lorccan Laurentius  
Madge Mabia    
Malachy Maoileachlainn    
Margaret   Margarita  
Marjorie Meadhbh   She who intoxicates 
Mary Mór Maria Great
Maurice Muircheartach Mauritius Sea Battler
Myles Maol / Mhuire   Servant or devotee of St. Mary
Neal / Neil / Nicholas / Nigel Niall   Cloud or passionate; vehement
Owen Eoghan   Born of the yew 
Patrick Pádraig Patricius  
Paul   Paulus  
Penny / Penelope Fionnuala / Nuala   White Shoulder
Peter   Petrus  
Phillip / Felim Feidhlim Philippus  
Richard Risteard Ricardus  
Roderick / Roger / Rory Ruaidhrí   Red haired
Sarah / Sally Sorcha / Saoirse   Bright, radiant
Terence Toirdhealbhach    
Teresa/Theresa Treasa    
Thomas Tomaltchach    
Timothy Tadhg Timotheus Poet
Tully / Toal Tuathal   Ruler of the people
William   Gulielmus  
Winifred / Una / Unity Úna    
       

 

Surnames

 

Anglicized Form Irish Meaning
     
Bonner, Kneafsey, Crampsey, Cramshy Ó/Mac Cnáimhsí   
Boyle, O'Boyle Ó Baoill / Ó Baoighill Vain Pledge
Brennan Ó Braonáin/Mac Braonáin Sorrow
Breslin Ó Breislein  
Brown Mac an Bhreithiún Son of the brehon (judge)
Byrne, Byrnes, Burns Ó Broin A Raven
Cahill Ó Cathal  Battle rule
Cannon Ó Canannain  
Carbery, Carberry Ó Cairbre Charioteer
Carolan Ó Cairealláin  
Carr Ó Cairre  
Cleary Ó Cléirigh  
Connolly/Conneely/Kennelly Ó Conghaile/Mac Conghaile/Ó Cionnfhaolaidh  Fierce as a Hound
Coyle Mac Giolla Chomhgaill  
Cunningham Ó Cuinneagáin/Ó Cuinneacháin/Ó Connacháin/Ó Connagáin  
Daly/O'Daly/Daley/Daily/Daeley Ó Dálaigh Assembles frequently
Devine, Divine Ó Daimhín  
Doherty Ó Dochartaigh/Ó Dubhartaigh Hurtful
Doohan Ó Duacháin  
Duffy/O'Duffy Ó Dubhthaigh Dark, black
Duggan Ó Dubhagáin  
Evans Ó hÉimhín   
Ferry Ó Fearadhaigh  
Friel Ó Firghil  
Gallagher Ó Gallchobhair  Lover of Foreigners
Gallery, Gilrea, Kilrea Mac Giolla Riabhaigh  
Gill, McGill, Magill Mac Giolla  
Gillespie Mac Giolla Easpaig  
GilMartin, KilMartin, Martin, Martyn Mac Gilla Mhartain/Ó Mael Mairthin/Ó Mhairtin/Mac Mairtin  
Gilroy, Kilroy, McIlroy, McElroy Mac Giolla Rua  
Green Mac Glaisin and Mac Giolla Ghlais  
Green Mac Grianra / McGrenera / Mac Grianna  
Hanlon, O'Hanlon Annlúin / O hAnnlúinn   
Harkin / Harken Ó hEarcáin  
Hegarty Ó hEigceartaigh  
Hughes, Hayes, McGee, Magee, McHugh, Mackey Mac Aodha  Fire
Kearney/Carney/Carnie Ó Cearnaigh  
Kelly Ó Ceallaigh Bright headed
Kennedy Ó Cinnéide / Mac Cinnéide Helmet Headed / of the ugly head
Larkin, Lawrence Ó Lorcáin  
Laverty, Lafferty Ó fLaithbheartaigh  
Lynch, Lynchy, Lynskey, Lindsay Ó Loingsigh/Mac Loinsigh  
MacAteer Mac an tSaoir  
MacIlrea, Kilrea Mac Giolla Riabhaigh  
MacLoughlin Mac Lochlainn/Mac Loughlin/Ó Mael Sechlainn/Ó Mael Sechnaill Seafarer, exile
MacTaggart Mac antSagart Son of the Priest
Magee Mag Aoidh  Fire
Maguire/McGuire Mac Uidhir/Mag Uidhir Viking
Martin Mac Giolla Mháirtín Devotee of Saint Martin
McAuley, McAwley, McCauley, McGauley Mac Amhlaidh Dun-colourd
McBride Mac Giolla Bhríde  
McCool Mac Giolla Chomhgaill  
McCormack Mac Cormaic  
McDermott Mac Diarmada   
McDonough, McDonogh, McDonagh Mac Donnchadha Free from Jealousy
McGarry, McCarry, Ferry, Farry Mac Fhearraigh/Mag Fhearraigh  
McGarvey Mac Gairbhín  
McGeogheghan Mag Eochagáin  
McGill Mac An Ghaill Descendent of the foreigner
McGinley Mag Fhionnghaile - see The McGinley Clan Website Son of the fair haired valorous one
McGlynn Mag Fhloinn  
McGonigle Mac Congail  
McGrath, Magrath Mac Craith  
McGuinness Mag Aonghusa  
McHugh Mac Aodha  
McIlwaine Mac Giolla Bháin  
McKee Mac Aoidh  Son of Grace
McKeever Mac Iomháir  
McManus Mac Maghnus  
McMenamin MacMeanman  
McNulty Mac An Ultaigh Son of Ulster
McSweeney, MacSweeney, MacSwiney etc Mac Suibhne Pleasant
McVeigh Mac an Bheatha  
Milligan, Mulligan Ó Maolagáin  
Molly / Mulloy Ó Maolmhuaidh / Ó Maoil Aodha  
Moloney, Maloney, Muldowney Ó Maoldomhnaigh  
Mooney, Meaney Ó Maonaigh  
Mullins, Mullin, Mullen, Moylan, Mullane Ó Maoláin Bald
Murphy Ó Murchadha Sea-battler
Murray Mac Muireadhaigh / Ó Muireadhaigh Lord, Master
Murray, Gilmore, Kilmurray Mac Giolla Mhuire Lord, Master
Naughtan Ó Neachtain  
O'Brien Ó Briain High, noble
O'Callaghan Ó Ceallacháin  Bright headed
O'Connell Ó Conaill Strong as a Wolf
O'Connor, Connors Ó Conchobhair/Ó Conchúir  Patron of Warriors
O'Donnell Ó Dónaill World Mighty
O'Dunne/Dunne/Dunn Ó Doinn  
O'Gara, Geary Ó Gadhra  
O'Gorman, Gorman Ó/Mac Gormáin  
O'Hara Ó hEadhra  
O'Kane, Kane, McCain, Keane, Kean, Cain Ó Catháin / Ó Cahan  
O'Neill, O'Neil, O'Neal Ó Néill From Niall of the Nine Hostages
Quigley Ó Coigligh  
Quinn Ó Cuinn / Mac Cuinn Wisdom, Chief
Redehan, Redican, Rodahan, Redington, Reddington, Reddan Ó Roideacháin  
Smith Mac Gabhann Son of the Smith
Tolan Ó Tuathailán  
Tuohy,Twohig,Touhy,Towey,Toohy,Toohey Ó Tuathaigh  
Walsh Breathnach Welshman
Ward, MacAward, McWard, MacEward, MacEvard, Macanward, M'Ward Mac an Bháird Son of the Bard
     

 

Sources for Some Names

 

Viking Surnames  
   
Doyle Dubh Gall, Ó Dúill, Ó Dubhghaill
Finley Fionn Ghall, Ó Fionnghaille
MacAuliffe/Auley/Cauley Olsson, Mac Amhlaoibh
MacManus Magnusson, Mac Mánuis
Wood Wode, meaning mad; described Beserkers, Mac Giolla Choille
   
Norman Surnames  
   
Brown de Brun, de Brún
Burke de Burgh, de Búrca
Butler de Buitléir
FitzGerald fils de (son of) Gerald, Mac Gearailt
FitzHenry fils de (son of) Henri, Mac Einrí
FitzMaurice fils de (son of) Maurice, Mac Muiris
Lynch de Lench, Ó Loingsigh
Martyn fitz Martin
Moore de Mórdha
Morris de Marisco, de Muiris, Mac Muiris, Ó Muiris
Power le Poer, de Paor
White/Whyte de Witt, de Faoite, Mac Giolla Bháin
   
Dutch Surnames  
   
Fleming vlaming, Pleiminn
   
Welsh Surnames  
   
Barrett Bairéid, Barόid
Griffin ap Gruffydd, Ó Gríofa
Walsh Breathnach
   
Anglo-Saxon Surnames  
   
Sherlock Scurlóg
Williams MacLiam
Whyte Fwyte
   
Gallowglass Surnames  
   
MacAllister  
MacDonnell  
MacSweeney  
MacCaillein Campbell
MacInnes  
   
Normanised Gaelic Surnames  
   
Fitzpatrick Mac Giolla Phádraig
   
Gaelicised Norman-era Surnames  
   
Mac Giobúin son of Gilbert de Burgh
  anglicised as Gibbons
   

 

Donegal Parishes

 

English Form Irish Form
   
Aghanunshin Achadh nUinseann
Allsaints  
Burt An Bheart
Killybegs Lower Na Cealla Beaga Íochtaracha
Killybegs Upper Na Cealla Beaga Uachtaracha
Kilbarron Cill Bharrainn
Kilcar Cill Charthaigh
Killea Cill Fhéich
Killygarvan Cill Gharbháin
Killaghtee Cill Leacht Aodha
Kilmacrenan Cill Mhic Réanáin
Killymard Cill Ó mBaird
Kilteevoge Cill Taobhóg
Clonca Cluain Catha
Clondahorky Cluain Dá Chorcach
Clondavaddog Cluain Dabhaodóg
Clonleigh Cluain Lao
Clonmany Cluain Maine
Conwal Conbháil
Convoy Conmhaigh
Culdaff Cúil Dabhcha
Desertegny Díseart Eignigh
Donaghmore Domhnach Mór
Donagh Domhnach
Drumhome Droim Thuama
Donegal Dún na nGall
Aughnish Eachinis
Fahan Lower Fathain Íochtarach
Fahan Upper Fathain Uachtarach
Gartan Gartán
Glencolumbkille Gleann Cholm Cille
Inver Inbhear
Inishkeel Inis Caoil
Inishmacsaint Inis Maí Samh
Inch Inis
Leck An Leac
Lettermacaward Leitir Mhic an Bhaird
Muff Magh
Moville Lower Maigh Bhile Íochtarach
Moville Upper Maigh Bhile Uachtarach
Mintiaghs or Barr of Inch Na Mínte
Mevagh Míobhaigh
Raymunterdoney Ráith
Raphoe Ráth Bhoth
Raymoghy  
Stranorlar Srath an Urláir
Taughboyne Teach Baoithín
Templecarn Teampall Carna
Templecrone Teampall Cróine
Tullaghobegly Tulacha Beigile
Tullyfern Tulaigh Fhearna
Urney An Urnaí
   

 

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