An English family that settled in Ulster in the 17th century.
An Anglo-Norman family that settled in Co. Wexford and the Franciscan
scholar Fr. Luke Wadding (d. 1657 aged 69) was a member of the Waterford
A variant of Vaddock, who were a branch of the MacMurroughs.
In Ireland since the 13th century and derived from the Old-English
word meaning to go and the Norman-French word for a ford.
Found mainly in Co. Wexford and arrived in Ireland in the 13th century.
Derived from the Old-English meaning a maker of communion wafers
and not weaver.
In Connacht the Waldrons were a branch of the Costello family. It
was also a name assumed by members of the Wellesley family.
Derived from the Old-English word fuller, a rounded or grooved tool
on which iron is shaped. A rare surname in medieval Ireland, it
is numerous in north-east Ulster and Dublin.
Derived from the Norman de Valle which in Irish became de Bhál.
Its Irish roots are in Limerick and Waterford.
A Scottish clan but derived from the Norman meaning Welshman and
sometimes synonymous with Walsh. Wallis is a variant.
An English surname found in Cos. Limerick and Tipperary since the
English republican Sir Hardress Waller settled there in the mid-17th
century. He was appointed governor of Limerick in 1651.
A Norfolk surname prominent in Co. Laois in the 1700s, but on record
in Ireland before that.
Derived from the Irish word meaning man from Wales, sometimes suggesting
foreigner or stranger. The name was given independently to many
unconnected families in different parts of the country. It is the
fourth most common surname in Ireland and has been re-anglicized
in some cases as Brannagh, Brannick and Brennock. Sometimes spelt
Welsh and thus pronounced in parts of Munster and Connacht.
A branch of the Burke family from Connacht. Changed to Qualter in
parts of the province.
An English surname found in different parts of Ireland since the
The surname of an English family that settled in Co. Offaly. It
was also the surname adopted by a blind Co. Tyrone harper called
Mongan, whose son became Church of Ireland bishop of Limerick in
the early 19th century.
A Donegal and Galway surname meaning son of the bard. Ward is also
an English surname.
Of English origin and two families of this name settled in Cork
and Dublin in the 1500s. The noted antiquary Sir James Ware died
in December 1666.
Found in Ireland since the end of the 13th century, first in Co.
Meath and later in Cos. Kilkenny and Down.
An English surname associated with Cos. Donegal and Derry since
Found in Co. Cork since the mid-1600s, this English surname has
This old Co. Down surname derived from the Irish Mac Giolla Mhearnóg
meaning a follower of St. Mearnog. First anglicised as MacGillavearnoge.
The name of a family that settled in the Pale that has French roots.
There is a town land in Co. Meath called Warrenstown.
The name of English settler families derived from the word water
and Walter. The Irish surname is synonymous with a number of native
family names such as Hiskey, Whoriskey and Toorish.
An English surname derived from a diminutive of Walter. Most of
this name arrived in the 1600s.
Numerous in Cos. Antrim and Down, it is of both English and Scottish
origin with the former derived from son of Wat (a diminutive of
Walter) and the latter originally MacWhatty, MacWatt or MacQuatt.
Another name found mainly in north east Ulster which is also a diminutive
Originated on the Scotland-England border and is derived from an
Old English word for foreigner. First arrived in Ireland in the
mid-1600s and found in small numbers throughout the country.
An English surname found in Ireland since the 17th century. Found
mainly in Dublin and Belfast and in smaller numbers throughout Leinster.
An English surname found in Ireland since the mid-1600s and derived
from the word weaver.
Originally a Co. Roscommon surname derived from the word maonach
which means wealth and dumb.
The Irish surname is derived from the word for steward and originated
in Co. Armagh. Scottish families of this name settled during the
Plantation of Ulster.
Found mainly in Connemara, Co. Galway and also recorded in Ulster
in the mid-17th century.
The Irish family of this name originated in Co. Fermanagh and their
name may also have been anglicised as Meldon or even Muldoon. Also
the name of a family that settled in the Pale in the 1300s, some
of whom are known as Veldon and Belton.
Established in Ireland as far back as the 12th century and some
became hibernicized. Others such as the family of the famous Duke
of Wellington, Richard Wellesley did not. Sometimes synonymous with
An English surname found mainly in north east Ulster, but also recorded
in Munster and Leinster as far back as the early 1200s.
Originally an Anglo-Norman surname but also that of settler families
during the Plantation of Ulster.
Variant of MacQuey which is a Scottish form of MacKay
Scottish surname found in Leinster as far back as the 1300s. Wims,
Wyms and Wymbs are variants found in parts of Connacht.
Two distinct surnames of this name found in Ireland, with the latter
possibly an anglicisation of Ó hArrachtáin, which is also translated
as Harrington. Faughton is synonymous with Wharton in Co. Kerry.
Originated in Co. Mayo and derived from an Irish word meaning noisy.
Also found in Cos. Louth and Westmeath.
This English occupational name is on record in Ireland since the
17th century when John Wheeler was dean of Christchurch. The surname
was prominent among the upper classes in both Cos. Laois and Kilkenny.
A Catholic family of this name in the latter county suffered heavily
a form of the surname Phelan and derived from the Irish word for
wolf. Originated in Cos. Tipperary, Waterfordand Wexford. Sometimes
an abbreviation of Whelehan.
A Co. Westmeath surname possibly derived from an Irish word meaning
A common west Cork surname which is possibly a form Houlahan, which
itself is derived from the Irish word meaning proud.
a form of the Co. Antrim surname Mawhinney.
Derived from the Scots Gaelic meaning son of the harper and
found mainly in Cos. Armagh and Down.
a form of the surname McCutcheon.
Formerly Whiteacre and found in Cos. Louth and Meath since the 1300s.
An English surname scattered throughout the four provinces since
the 14th century. However, most Irish Whites went through the angelicisation
process. In Cos. Down and Sligo it replaced Bane, Bawn, Kilbane
and even Galligan by translation of the Irish bán meaning white
and geal meaning bright.
Variant of MacWhitty and MacQuitty.
In Ireland mistaken translations of the Galway surname Canavan.
One of many English surname introduced into Ulster during the 17th
century. In 1982 the Northern Ireland soccer international Norman
Whiteside became the youngest player to play in the World Cup Finals.
An English surname associated with Dublin and Co. Wexford since
Derived from an English placename this rare surname has been found
of parts of Leinster since the 1300s.
This English surname is on record in Co. Waterford since the middle
of the 17th century and later in adjoining counties.
Recorded in Dublin the late 16th century and formerly Whitton, it
is also associated with Co. Armagh and neighbouring Ulster counties.
Associated with Co. Wexford since the 1200s, an Old-English surname
that was originally Whitey
A variant of MacWhite.
Possibly derived from the Irish word meaning boastful, it is associated
with members of the O¹Driscoll family in west Cork and not synonymous
The name has been translated into Waters and Watters in Co. Donegal.
See. Waters and Houriskey.
Associated with Dublin and Co. Wexford and for the most part with
the Irish cause, though one person of that name was a Cromwellian
official and William Wickham was appointed Chief Secretary in 1802.
On record as Wycomb as far back as the 14th century.
a variant of Wixted.
Variants of McGuigan.
Another variant of MacWiggin associated with Co. Fermanagh. Also
a surname of English and Breton origin.
This famous family didn¹t settle in Ireland until the early 1700s.
The poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is the best known
but his mother published Ancient Legends of Ireland in 1887, while
his father, Sir William Wilde was an eminent surgeon and scholar,
who produced the first scientific work on the surgery of the ear
and Catalogue of the Contents of the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy.
a variant of Wylie.
An English surname introduced into Ulster in the mid-17th century.
A Welsh surname found in all four provinces but not synonymous with
any native surname.
A north Ulster surname and a branch of the Scottish McFarlane clan.
Synonymous with McQuillan in Co. Down.
This Scottish surname is found mainly in Ulster
Found mainly in Ulster since the 17th century this surname has both
English and Scottish roots
Recorded in Tyrone as far back as the 1400s.
An upper class English family that settled in Ireland in the late
1500s, with one branch later moving to Co. Kerry.
Found mainly in Ulster it is the most common English surname in
A variant of Weymes.
This English surname became established in Co. Limerick in the late
1600s and is derived from ³wind hill².
Found Co. Leitrim, it is a form of McWeeney.
Prominent in Co. Waterford in the 1600s having arrived there a century
earlier. Another family of that name had connections with Co. Roscommon.
An English surname also synonymous with the Co. Tyrone surname,
McAlivery which is derived from the Irish word for winter.
The family settled in Co. Waterford at the time of the Anglo-Norman
invasion o the late 12th century. Sir Thomas Wyse (d. 1862 aged
71) was a politician and advocate of Catholic Emancipation. A century
earlier another Thomas Wyse was a co-founder of the Catholic Committee
This English name arrived in Ireland in the 1500s and according
to MacLysaght it is associated with Co. Cork
English surname associated with parts of Cos. Offaly and Tipperary
since the mid-1600s.
Derived from the Welsh meaning frown, the family settled in Co.
Kildare in the late 13th century. The broadcaster Terry Wogan made
his name in his native country before moving to Britain in the early
Part of the earliest Norman influx into Ireland and settled mainly
in Cos. Limerick and Kildare. Wooley, but not Whooley, is reckoned
by some to be synonymous with Woulfe.
Variants of Holohan found in Cos. Kilkenny and Wicklow.
An English surname distinct from the more numerous Woods.
An English surname found in Co. Cork in pre-Cromwellian times when
it was introduced into Co. Kilkenny.
A rare English surname first recorded in Ireland in the 12th century
and associated with Cos. Dublin and Waterford.
Of Norman origin this occupational name was found in Co. Louth as
far back as the 14th century.
A very common surname throughout Ireland with some families being
of English origin. Because of the Irish word coill meaning wood
it is also an anglicisation of surname such as MacIlhoyle, MacEnhill,
Quilty, Quill and Quilly. See Louth and Tyrone
Synonymous with Woulfe, but distinct from Whooley.
a rare English surname derived from the Old-English word for homestead.
A variant spelling of Rafter.
Elizabethan English settlers in Ulster and sometimes synonymous
with McCrea and Rea.
This English name is sometimes synonymous with Ring and Rynne.
An English surname found mainly in Ulster but also in Dublin.
Forms of the Co. Leitrim surname Rinn which is derived from the
Irish word for raven.
an English surname introduced during the Ulster Plantation of the
early 17th century. Also possibly a translation of the Co. Clare
surname Ó hUalaigh.
The name of an aristocratic English family. In 1903 the Wyndham
Land Act instigated by then Chief Secretary George Wyndham, enabled
tenants to buy out landlords.
Similar to the Welsh Gwynn and synonymous with many Irish surnames,
such as McGee, McGeeney and Mulgeehy. Derived from gaoth the Irish
word for wind.