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The Spelling of Irish Names

The Proper Spelling of Your Name
Our names appeared quite differently in earlier times.
Note how the Annals of the Four Masters records and
translates these names with a Ua before them
becoming O . Is it any wonder there were so many
different spellings when each individual translated
his name into English… Below are a few examples.

Old Spelling…………New Spelling
Ua Ceallachain…. O’Callaghan
Ua Ceallaigh…… O’Kelly
Ua Ceinneidigh…. O’Kennedy
Ua Cianain…….. O’Keenan
Ua Cleirigh……. O’Clery
Ua Conchobhair…. O’Conner, O’Connor
Ua Conroi……… O’Conroy
Ua Cuinn………. O’Quinn
Ua Cuirc………. O’Quirk
Ua Dimasaigh…… O’Dempsey
Ua Donnabhain….. O’Donovan
Ua Donnghaile….. O’Donnelly
Ua Dubhagain…… Duggan
Ua Duibh………. Duff
Ua Duinn………. O’Dunne
Ua Duinnsleibhe… O’Dunlevy
Ua Failbhe…….. O’Falvey
Ua Fallamhain….. O’Fallon
Ua Fearghail…… O’Farrell
Ua Flainn……… O’Flynn, O’Lynn
Ua Fogartaigh….. O’Fogarty
Ua Gadhra……… O’Gara
Ua Gairmleaghaidh. O’Gormley
Ua Galchobhair…. O’Gallagher
Ua Grada………. O’Grady
Ua Griobhtha…… Griffin, O’Greefa
Ua Guaire……… Gorey, O’Guaire

Research Aid
This familiarity with Irish Name spellings
should help anyone researching the really
old records. I have published Connellans
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
You can find out more at the link given above.

-Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

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The Irish Families Project Irish Surnames

Link to todays resource:

Now Available For the First Time
The complete index to the 34 book set, known as
the Irish Families Project, is now included in
the ‘Book of Irish Families, great and small’.
The index covers volumes for every county in
Ireland and it ties names to specific counties
in Ireland. This is particularly helpful when
researching rare, hard to find surnames.

Irish Birth Index
Included in the same book are the surnames
in the Irish Birth index, keyed to counties
and at times to Poor Law Unions in Ireland

The 1659 ‘Census’
Also included are the surnames from the
1659 census, keyed to county of location.

Now Back in Print, with complete index
After several years, this Book of Irish Families,
Great and Small
, is back in print, shipping
today from the author. In addition to the indexes are
maps, illustrations and genealogy notes, along with
some 2000 bold faced family name histories and
hundreds of documented coats of arms.

Available directly from the author today,
with detailed description here:

This book is also being stocked by

About the Author
Mike O’Laughlin is the worlds leading authority in the field.
(Author of 50 books; 20 CD’s & videos: 700 articles; 2 newsletters;
300 broadcasts; Publisher of rare works in Irish and English; and singer
in the Irish language,’ Sean Nós’ style!)
His online hedge school has 6 fields of study: Genealogy; History;
Irish-America; Language; Traditional Song; and video shorts.

Among his historic firsts are:
1) First Irish Genealogy broadcast on the internet.
2) First 34 book set, by county, on Irish Families & genealogy (author)
3) First republication of Connellans ‘Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters’.
4) First book on the Irish in Missouri (author)
5) The first all Irish language song shows (IRC house band)

Mike also led tours to Ireland, has an Irish library of 3,000 volumes,
and publishes the work of 10 different authors.
He can be reached at All of his works can be found at
His first album “Irish Song: traditional and Sean Nós” is at:

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