The following is taken from an article written by Antoinette Kelly and published in the Irish Central:
Whether you are Irish or Irish-American you’re probably immensely proud of your surname.
Many a(n) Irish family proudly declare their Irish roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes.
But which last names win in the battle of Irishness?
IrishCentral took a look at the list of the most common surnames in Ireland in order to come up with a top 10 list.
Smith and Murray are two of the most common, but one is of British origins and the other’s Scottish, so they didn’t make the cut.
Here, then, are the 10 most Irish last names:
1. Murphy – the sea battlers
2. Kelly – the bright-headed ones
3. O’Sullivan – the hawkeyed ones
4. Walsh – the Welshmen
5. O’Brien – the noblemen
6. Byrne – the ravens
7. Ryan – the little kings
8. O’Connor – patrons of warriors
9. O’Neill – from a champion, Niall of the Nine Hostages
10. O’Reilly - ?
If you’d like to read more about the origin of these ten names, here’s the link to the entire article: http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/The-10-most-popular-Irish-last-names-98012749.html