Families that came from County Cork, Ireland.
Irish Family History and Genealogy
with curious news and notes from Ireland.
From Michael O’Laughlin at www.Irishroots.com
Todays we will talk about :
1) Cork Genealogy books
2) Top 19th century family names
3) Top families on the Map of the Four Masters
4) Who left from Cork ?
5) Queenstown, Cobh or Cove
They came from Cork
These words are common. Many families recall only that
someone said ‘they came from County Cork’. While this may
be true, it does not mean that they lived in County Cork.
1) They may have lived in a nearby county, coming to Cork
to depart from the busy port of Cobh or Queenstown.
( Cobh and Queenstown are one in the same. This is an
example of a place name changing over time. )
2) They may have left from Liverpool and stopped briefly in
Cork while immigrating to North America. Then departed
from Cork to the new world.
Holding such a busy port, County Cork has a distinct flavor of its
own. Today we will look at the major families of Co. Cork
in two time periods. First he 19th century birth records,
and then the Map of the 4 Masters which shows prominent
families of several origins. (found in the mid 1800’s in the
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, Connellan translation).
Before we look at those, here are some books of interest to those
looking for family history in County Cork, Ireland:
Books of the Month:
1) Families of County Cork, Ireland
2) County Cork, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes
3) Family Names of County Cork by O’Murchadha
4) Castles of County Cork by Healy
Now lets look at the birth records and my comments
from the book 'County Cork, Ireland, genealogy and
family history notes' :
“The 19th century birth index of Ireland finds the following
families most numerous in the county :
Sullivan; Murphy; McCarthy; Mahoney; Donovan; Walsh;
O'Brien; Callaghan (Callahan) ; Leary; Crowley; Collins;
Driscoll; Connell; Barry; Cronin; Buckley; Daly (Daily) ;
Sheehan; Riordan; Kelleher (Kelliher) ; O'Connor (O'Conner);
Hurley; Regan (Reagan); O'Keefe; Harrington; Fitzgerald;
O'Neill (O'Neale), etc..
Other Family Names
There are of course, hundreds of families not noted above,
and many more ways of spelling each name shown. Several
thousand families are given in our larger, hardbound work
"Families of Co. Cork, Ireland', which you may want to consult
for further research.
Most of the old Irish names can have the Mac or 'O' before
the name dropped and added at will. Additionally many old
Irish names were translated or 'mistranslated' into English
from the original gaelic. Hence many English sounding names
may actually be found in old Irish families! “
Below we find a resource which gives families from earlier periods,
including the Norman invasions of the 12th century.
Families on the
Map of the Four Masters:
L = Lord; P= Prince, E = Earl, B = Baron, C = Chief, v=Viscount
Fitzgerald(Fitzgibbon) the White Knight
Fitzgibbon(Fitzgerald) the White Knight
MacCarthy Reagh, P.
O'Lehan (Lyons) L.
O'Sullivan Beare, P.
Irish, Norman, Viking and more
You will note that these names include both the native Irish
and those who settled in Ireland over time. Most came to be
regarded as Irish as time passed. In fact, it was said over
time that some of these families ‘became more Irish than the
Top 100 Families
As it is very trendy to list the Top 10 or Top 100 for anything,
You can make a Top 100 list of your own from these
names that are documented in County Cork, and you might
just add your own, if it has gone missing !
....So end my notes for today.
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