New Irish Surnames Index

Earlier this month an Irish Surnames Index was made available for searching on www.dúchas.ie. The compilation of nearly 3000 surnames emerged from almost 80 years of collecting work by the Irish Folklore Commission, which began officially collecting folklore from around the country in 1935.

The surnames were registered as they were given to the folklore collectors. The variation from area to area is significant. An example is given of the surname Cafferky with the following variants: O’Cafferky, McCafferky, McCafferty, Mac Eachmharcaigh, Ceafarcaigh, O Ceamharcaigh, O Ceafarcaigh, Cafferkey and Mac Ceamharcaigh.

The index is not a comprehensive list of the surnames of Ireland, nor is it intended as authoritative in terms of spelling.

The Surnames Index is one of four components available for searching on the website.  The others are:

  • The Schools’ Collection is a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. So far six Irish counties are represented: Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Waterford.
  • People – stories specific to the storytellers, children and teachers involved in the collection.
  • Places – stories collected in a particular area or related to a place of interest.

Thanks to Audrey for sharing this link.

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