Derived from MacPaidín , a diminutive of Patrick. The surname
was adopted by some the Barrett and Staunton families in parts of
Connacht, especially Mayo. Also a gaelicized form of Patterson or
Introduced from England in the mid-1500s, though there are earlier
instances of the name. Found in east Galway and in Ulster, where
is was translated into Irish as MacGiolla, the son of the
servant or page.
Originated in the Scottish town of the same name. Common in Ulster
since the early 17th Century. The Northern Ireland politician and
clergyman, founder of the Free Presbyterian Church and Democratic
Unionist Party, Rev. Ian Paisley is the best known of that name
in this country.
Came to Ireland in the 16th Century and established themselves in
Co. Westmeath and later earned the peerage of Longford.
An English surname derived from the French word for pilgrim.
Arrived in Ireland in the 13th Century.
Originally introduced to Ireland in medieval times and derived from
the Old-French word for park keeper. The Ulster Parkers
are a more recent introduction.
Arrived in Co. Wexford in the 16th Century and still mostly found
there. Originates in a diminutive of Peter
A Co. Offaly surname. Some Parlons in the Roscrea area changed their
name to Parnell. See Partlan and Parnell. Tom Parlon is a former
leader of the IFA (Irish Farmers Association) who in 2002 became
a TD and Junior Government Minister.
The name is also derived from Peter and the family came from Cheshire
in the early 1600s. Charles Steward Parnells family established
themselves in Co. Wicklow, while other branches of the family settled
in Dublin and Longford.
Rare surname of English origin derived from the city of Paris and
an shortened version of Patricius. Parish is a variant of it and
not connected with the word parish. Found in Youghal, Co. Cork from
the 14th Century and later in parts of Leinster.
An English family who settled in what became known as Parsonstown
(now Birr), Co. Offaly in the late 1500s. The Gaelic form of MacPherson,
Mac an Phearsain has in some cases been abbreviated to Parsons.
Originated in Armagh, often confused with the Scottish MacFarlane.
The surname Bartley is another variant.
Taken from the birds name, arrived in Ireland in Cromwellian
Of Scottish origin belonging to the Lamont clan. Also a shortened
form of the rare Longford name Mulpatrick meaning servant
of St. Patrick.
English surnames common in Ulster. In parts of Co. Galway the names
have used as synonyms of Cussane. The Irish word for path
In Ireland, a synonym of MacPhail or MacFall. The English surname
Paul is not connected.
An English surname on record in Ireland since the 14th Century.
Now found mainly in Dublin.
An English surname recorded in Meath since the early 1600s.
Derived from the Old-English word meaning a thickset man.
Originated in Cos. Derry and Tyrone, where the prefix has been retained.
Found without the prefix elsewhere.
Settled in Co. Cork in the 16th Century. See Peart.
Introduced into Leinster in the 17th Century and found in
many parts of the country. Means son of Piers.
Recorded in Kilkenny as early as 1659. Distinct from Peard and possibly
a variation of Perrot. The main family arrived in the 1700s from
Found in Cos. Armagh and Antrim, of comparatively recent origin.
Scottish surname used as a synonym of Peoples in parts of Ulster.
shortened forms of Prendergast.
An English surname, introduced to Ireland in Cromwellian times,
derived from penny father and has variants Pennyfeather
and Panfare. Was a prominent surname among the landed gentry in
Leinster and Munster.
Recorded in the Dublin as early as 1296. The Cork family of the
same name are comparatively recent immigrants.
Originated in Penrose, Cornwall. Arrived in Ireland via Yorkshire
and settled in Cos. Waterford and Wicklow at the end of the 1600s
where they were prominent Quakers.
First settled in Meath in the 12th Century and now also found Cos.
Louth and Dublin. Originally de Repenteny, (a reference to its French
origins). Started adopting abbreviated forms Pentony and Pentheny
in the late 1300s.
Originated in Co. Donegal as ÓDuibhne which sounds
like daoine, the Irish word for people, hence this anglicized form.
Also translated as Deeney.
Of Norman origin. Settled in Louth and Meath, where the name is
still found, in the late 12th Century. Pepper is a variant of it.
Derived from the words par Dieu. This Huguenot family first settled
in Youghal, Co. Cork
Another derivative of Peter. In Munster since the 1500s and found
mainly in Cork. The Irish family of this name have no connection
with the family of the famous Englishman Sir John Perrot, who was
appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland in 1584.
Of English origin and introduced here in the early 17th Century.
Derived from the word pear-tree. Pirrie is an Ulster
synonym. Pery and Peery are other variation. Found in all parts
See MacFeeters, which is a Derry-Tyrone surname which simply means
son of Peter.
A Huguenot family that settled in Co. Tyrone in the 1600s. Derived
from the French petit cru which means small growth.
Variant of Petit or Petitt. The Petits settled in Meath. Sir William
Petty (d. 1687), author of the Down Survey, settled in Co. Kerry.
Little, as English translation of Petit, is a synonym in the south
Mainly found in Donegal and are anglicized versions Ó
Peatain ( possibly derived from diminutives of Patrick). In other
parts of the country Payton and Patton are of English origin.
Mostly of Scottish origin and also Manx, but in some cases a variant
Means son of Phelim and has its roots in Co. Tyrone.
Originated in Waterford and Kilkenny. Their chief was Prince of
the Decies before the arrival of the Normans. The name is derived
from the Irish for wolf.
Associated with Co. Sligo, an Irish variation on the English Phipps,
which is derived from Phillip.
A branch of the Burke family, who became hibernicized. Derived from
a diminutive of Phillip
An English name that has also been adopted by members of the Philbin
An Anglo-Irish name found in eastern counties of Leinster. In Kerry,
the Pierces or MacPierces were a branch of the Fitzmaurices.
Located in many parts of Ireland since the 16th Century and of Old-French
origin. In Co. Cork some members of the Beckett family changed their
name to Pigot.
Of English origin, first recorded in Co. Louth in the early 1400s.
During the Cromwellian period (the mid 1600s) was introduced to
Cos. Meath and Kilkenny and by the 1800s numerous in Co. Clare.
A Quaker surname, arrived in Ireland in the mid 17th Century and
found mainly in Cos. Laois and Dublin.
Of English origin, an occupational name and sometimes a variant
of Peppard. See Pyper.
An East Anglian surname dating back to the mid-13th Century. Introduced
to Ireland in the 17th Century and associated with Cos. Longford
Derived from the Irish pilibín, little Phillip
which is also the Irish word for Plover and is an anglicisation
of MacPhilbin found in Co. Mayo.
Occupational derivatives, the former from plumber and the later
is a dealer in plumes and feathers. Arrived in Co. Cork from Wiltshire,
England in the 17th Century and later became well-known in Co. Limerick
Associated with Co. Meath. This family, of French origin, settled
here at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion in the late 12th Century
and left their mark in Irish life. St. Oliver Plunkett (1625-1681)
was Archbishop of Armagh and was executed in London. Joseph Mary
Plunkett was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Sir Horace Plunkett
(d. 1932) was founder of the Irish co-operative movement. Edward
John Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany, was a dramatist and author, as
well as being patron of the Co. Meath poet Francis Ledwidge.
All three are derived from the Irish word Póilin, a diminutive
of the Irish word for Paul. Found mainly in Cos. Armagh
and Down, and in some instances has been changed to Poland. The
latter name also has Co. Offaly associations.
The name of an English family that arrived in the 1300s and settled
in what in now Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. The word suggests a
closely cropped head, but is sometimes another derivative of Paul.
Found in north-east Antrim Ulster since the 17th Century.
A prominent Anglo-Irish family that acquired estates in Cos. Kerry
and Kilkenny, the head of the latter branch became Earl of Bessborough
with extensive estates. John Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough, was
sworn in as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1846 and ordered the restarting
of relief works during the famine.
On record in Dublin in the 1500s, but the main branch arrived about
100 year late and were numerous in Co. Waterford in the later 19th
Of English origin and found in most parts of Ireland except Connacht.
Now numerous in Ulster
Derived from the French le Poter, arrived in Dublin in the 13th
Century and found in small number in all parts of Ireland
Apparently originated in Powerlough Co. Meath in the mid-1800s and
confined mainly to that county and neighbouring Louth.
Welsh surname and found throughout Ireland in small numbers. Occasionally
a variation on Guillfoyle.
Introduced at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion, the family
became absorbed into Irish life. One of the most numerous surnames
in the country, particular in Waterford and surrounding counties.
An older form of the Norman surname Punch, settled in Co. Armagh
in the 17th Century.
An English surname, but arrived in Co. Cork in pre-Cromwellian times
and found mainly in the south-east.
A powerful Anglo-Norman family that settled in south-east Tipperary.
Also found in south Mayo, where some adopted the name Fitzmaurice.
In some instances the name has been abbreviated to Pender, Pinder,
Pindy and Pendy.
A Norman family that settled in Co. Kerry in the 13th Century. Pendy,
a variant of the Ulster surname Prunty. From the Irish proinnteach
meaning bestower or generous person.
Derived from the Old-English words for priests cottage.
Mostly found in Dublin and Belfast, but recorded in Co. Meath as
early as the 15th Century and two centuries later established in
Arrived in Ireland in the late 12th Century and settled on the Meath-Dublin
border. John Preston was granted the Nangle estates in Meath in
the 1650s in return for loaning money to the English Parliament
a decade earlier. He founded schools in Ballyroan, Co. Laois and
in Navan, the latter functioned until the 1960s. Another member
of the family was instrumental in suppressing the 1978 rebellion
Recorded in Co. Tipperary as early as 1666
and later in Mayo and Clare. Of uncertain origin, possibly French.
Welsh surname found in Ireland since the 1300s and not associated
with any particular part of the country. Sometimes a variant of
Originated in Scotland as Hoppringle and introduced to Co. Down
in the 17th Century. Also associated with Cos. Down and Armagh.
In Cos. Leitrim and Cavan an old Irish surname. Elsewhere an Anglo-Norman
surname derived from the French word for friar, where
as the Irish family.
Of Welsh origin, variant of Uprichard. Close links with Lurgan,
Co. Armagh, also found in other parts of Ulster.
Families of soldiers from the north of England that settled in Cos.
Armagh and Donegal in the mid-1600s.
Found in records relating to Cos. Cork and Meath at the end of the
13th Century. More common in the latter county.
Rare surname derived from the Norman for proud. Arrived
in Kilkenny in the 1200s.
An east Ulster surname, from the Irish proinnteach meaning bestower
or generous person. Bronte was a variant adopted by
the clergyman father of the famous writing sisters.
Of Norman origin, introduced to Co. Kildare in the late 13th Century
and later associated with Munster.
Another Anglo-Norman who became immersed in the local culture. Associated
with Cos. Tipperary and Kilkenny. Derived from the French for little
Found in north-east Ulster since the 17th Century. A variant of
Perdue or Purdue
On record in Youghal, Co. Cork since the late 14th Century and found
later in Cos. Waterford and Tipperary. An Anglo-Irish surname with
little Ulster connection, where it is sometimes a variant of McPeake.
Three possible derivations; the tool, the fish and the Scandinavian
word for a thin person.
A rare Palatine name associated with Co. Limerick. More common in
Ulster, where it is of English occupational origin.