Irish Surnames: Origins and Development

by Adrian Martyn


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Genre:Galway and the West of Ireland



Why are Irish surnames the oldest in Europe? By whom were they created, and for what reasons? How have they changes in the past thousand years?

Irish Surnames: Origins and Development is the first book in decades to address these issues. Outlining events which created them in the 9th-12th centuries, it examines Irish surnames in general plus those of clerical kindreds, Irish Travellers, women, ‘vikings’, Anglo-Irish.

Why surnames originated later in Britain, the pros and cons of genetics, and why the notions of Celticity never related to matters Irish, especially surnames.