Finneran family, Mac O names, Irish Genealogy Academy

Irish Family History and Genealogy
with curious news and notes from Ireland.
From the Hedge School at

Show 157
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Finneran
2)   Book of the Week:  ‘Mac, Mc and O names..’
3)   One minute Podcast selection: Hedge Row Vikings
4)   Video of the week: How to take an Irish DNA test
5)   Searching Maloney, Killian, Fannon, O’Donnell, MacNamara
6)   Irish Genealogy Academy, Irish family history workshop
7)   Favorite Free Irish Song Videos – old style song.

Listen to all of our podcasts on the iTunes Irish Provider Page at:

This Weeks Audio Timeline

Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
One Minute Podcast:           4:00
Book of the Month:              6:30
The Magnificent Seven:        9:30
Irish Name of the Day:       11:30
Sources:                            15:30
Websites of the Week:        16:30
Curious News and Notes:   18:30

Total Time: 25:50
Our Enhanced Irish Family History podcast with photos and
links can be found at:
Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) Our Sean Nós, old style Irish Song Group is up and running
or should we say walking.  Plenty of practice is in order.
We met down at Brownes Market and Deli, the oldest Irish run
business in North America, for a meal with the $3 band playing
in the background, and then off to practice. (I’m still working on
Roisin Dubh Joe Heaney style. )

2)  I’ve been adding more pages to  The pics of
guests on our podcasts is started and up; and on the ‘quick and
easy’ link I’ve started the O’Laughlin / Donahue / Sullivan
family history of my own.  This along with a new Irish DNA page
in progress and a Song page has started up…… Also putting
up a page with links and one with some current member search
lists !

3) By the way, the oldest coninuously run Irish business in N. America
will have its annual bash on the 19th of June. Be sure to come by
for the festivities at Brownes Irish Deli in Kansas City.
Lawn chairs are welcome, and they have a ‘Best Legs in a Kilt’ contest.
And of course great Irish Music, a street faire, a Childrens play area,
and even I may show up and record a few old stories….

One Minute Podcast
Let’s take a listen to one of our 8 other podcast series.
Covering Song; Recitation; Travel; History; Irish-America;
or Irish language.

Todays Podcast extract is from:
The Hedge Row History Podcast #10
The Vikings Raid Ireland
We know a little about Viking DNA in the midlands, but they
attacked all along the coast in the early days….

For more like todays sample extract, go to Hedgerow History:
Book of the Month:

1)  Mac, Mc, and O names in Ireland, Scotland and America.

Mac, Mc and O names in Ireland, Scotland and America.
17th – 20th century records.
This is a study of Irish & Scots Family Names, sources, indexed.
Locations in Ireland and early America. 1790 census records,
Irish census record. Charts.

From the Intro to this work Here is a passage from the
introduction of this work; “By Mac, Mc, and ‘O’, you’ll always know
a true Irish or Scotsman so they say “…….The purpose of publishing
this work is to introduce you to the meaning and use of these family
names. Mac names originate in Scotland and Ireland. The ‘O’ names,
which appeared first by many accounts, is a name considered
exclusively Irish. Nearly all old Irish surnames were originally prefixed
with Mac or ‘O’. They were such attractive additions to a name that
some families settling in Ireland from abroad took a name with a Mac
prefix. This included the Vikings & the Normans ! Some old Irish
families would drop the Mac or ‘O’ during certain periods of turmoil…..
so the plot thickens when trying to determine exactly what your name
might have been spelled like then.

When we look at the top 100 most numerous names that still retained
the Mac or Mc in 1890, we find the following most numerous in Ireland.
The rank of the name in the top 100 is given before the name:

13. McCarthy
21. McLaughlin
55. McGrath
63. McDonnell (sometimes O’Donnell & McDonald))….
and so on…..

Table of Contents

Arms (illustrated) ………………………

Mac, Mc, & ‘O’
The Most Numerous……………………..
1790 U.S. Census spellings/locations……
Early American Names…………………

Record of Names
Mac Names in 1659 listed……………….
Mac Names in the Irish Birth Index…….
‘O’ Names in the 1659 Census……………
‘O’ Names in the Irish Birth Index………
‘O’ Names in the Master Spelling Index..
Mac & Mc names in the Master Index…..

Ancient Irish Surnames…………………
Modernized Spellings……………………

Famous and Infamous Individuals with Mac and O
From John McBride, Hugh MacCaghwell and Alexander McCaine to
Edward McCall, Judge Wilson McCandless and James McCarroll, we
have compiled extracts on a few of the famous Mac and O names
from earlier times.

Charts and Illustration
Spelling Rules……………………………
Owen Roe O’Neill……………………….
Grace O’Malley, sea queen………………
O’Donnell Abu…………………………..
McDonald Locations……………………..

Three Things to Remember:
We Have a Podcast, a Blog reader, and a Blog !

Plus a Facebook page and Twitter account

The Podcast is my ‘radio’ show, with extra comments.
The Blog reader is a computer that ‘reads’ this blog.
The Blog has additional entries, and written shownotes.
Coming Up:
Video of ‘ How to take a DNA test “

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) Timothy B. Maloney of Marietta GA., welcome member !
re: Maloney family also ressearching Henley, Doyle, Egan

2)   Roland Blondin of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Your County Donegal Genealogy books have shipped !

3)  Frances Caparrelli of Steamboat Springs, Colorado,
Your County Limerick books have shipped !

4)  Mary Kay Killian of St. Joseph, Michigan, welcome as a
member! Searching for Joseph M. Killian’s parents, believed
to be John and Delia Killian, lived in Roxbury/Boston after

5)  Diana Shephard of Kent, UK, your Galway, Mayo and
Milesian Families of Ireland books have shipped !

6) Welcome new member Frank Rees of Somerset, NJ,
searching for Fannon and O’Donnell, both of his wifes families

7)   Marilyn R. Church of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, your
Book of Irish Families, great & small has shipped.

8) Welcome gold member Danielle M. D’Ottavio of Glendale, AZ.
John McNamara, Catherine Fitzpatrick,living in Buncraggy,Clare;
Married at chapel of Clare Castle in 1880.
Thomas Mulvaney and Rose Donohoe living in Togher,Crosserlough,
Cavan in 1867.
Brothers David and William Ronayne/Ronan who died in March 1837
living in the vacinity of Ladybridge, Co.Cork.

9) Welcome member James M. Sweeney of Massapequa, New York.

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podcasts would not be possible –  !
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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
John P. Finneran

Related Spellings of the Name: O’Finneran, Finnerane, Fineran
(Fenlon, Finalon, Finlan, Finnell, Finnellan), Finran

Varient Spelling Groups:   #2300
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
We find the Finneran family linked with Counties Roscommon and
Galway in Ireland.  The 19th century shows the name centered in
‘The Families of Co. Galway, Ireland’ has an entry for the name
showing one Edmond Finneran in 1832.

copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
1) Our Irish Roots Cafe facebook page for
Genealogy, History, Song, Language……
We’ll be announcing things there if you are on facebook:

2) I will be giving a 5 hour workshop, broken up into morning
and afternoon sessions on Irish Genealogy, Family History, DNA,
.. even family history podcasting. Friday August 6 at the
Dublin Irish Academy. That’s the first day of the Irish Fest..
Come to the morning and the afternoon sessions or
just one of them – it’s all included in the Academy admission
fee.  Each session covers different topics.
Plan to attend now – drop me a line if you are going, so I can be
prepared for you !   Then stick around for one of the best
Irish festivals in the world – The Dublin, Ohio, Irish Fest,.

Here is the link to the academy classes on Friday:
Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:

1)    Not given in the Irish Book of Arms

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Slideshow of the Annals of Ireland
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 7 times, here are a few examples:

1)   Master Guide to the Spelling of Irish Family Names
2)   Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
3)   The Birth Index of Ireland
4)   The Families of County Galway   (v6)
5)   Co. Roscommon genealogy and family history notes.  (v23)
6)   Mac, Mc and O names
7)   mention in Book of Irish Families, great and small. (v1)

You can use this free index to search for your family name:
Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.

Around the World, in Irish Ways.
The Web Page and Video of the Month.

1)   How to take a DNA test (video)

2)   Sean Nós old style Irish song (videos)

3)  Pics of those who have been interviewed at the Irish Roots Cafe

4)  Slideshow of the Annals of Ireland, old and new.

see also our Irish Video Shorts at:

Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Gráinne Cronin, first female pilot for Aer Lingus has retired after 33 years.
An all female crew with Capt. Elaine Egan and 1st officer Shelley Gahan,
flew an Airbus 330 from Dublin to Boston, before final remarks.

2)  Record Shark infestation in Donegal by Lough Swilly.
They tagged 100 of them, but did not get them all !

3)  Vivian Rigney age 39, made it to the top of Mt. Everest.
He is the 17th Irish person to scale Everest.

4)  Catherine Buckley went down with the Titantic at the young age of 22
in 1912.  Going from Cork To Boston to live with her sister Margaret, she
was buried in Boston, but with no headstone until now….

5)   Bingo is topping the charts for those under 40 yrs. old in Ireland.
Tom Doyle of says it is becoming more and more popular in
Bingo Halls in Ireland.

6)   Irish are masters at texting – double that of European counterparts.
8 Billion texts in the last 12 months !

7) The 1901 Irish census is being released on the web.
Here is a link to where it will appear:

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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About Your Host
Mike O’Laughlin
Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare,
and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry. He also bears
Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots.
A one of a kind resource, Mike is the most published author
his field, including books; newsletters; podcasts; and videos.

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About Mike

Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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