Irish names are famous the world over and many of them have a wonderfully rich history. We take a look at Irish names through the ages.

Here are some interesting facts

  • Ireland was one of the first countries to use surnames
  • 916 AD was the first recorded use of surnames in Ireland
  • The ‘O’ often found at the start of Irish names means, ‘descendant of’
  • Traditional Irish names like, Cian, Fionn and Oisin are some of the most popular names in Ireland
  • Jack and Emily are still the most popular baby names in Ireland
  • John and Mary are historically the most popular names in Ireland
  • There are over 50,000 Murphys in Ireland
  • The surname O’Neill was once banned by the Queen of England

Our handy infographic describes 17 fun facts about Irish Names

irish names 17 Things You Didn't Know About Irish Names
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