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The Book of Irish Families Great & Small
Book of Irish Families Great & Small
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New 4th edition 
Includes all prior family histories, coats of arms, Location Index, Poor Law Unions, Census and Birth Index info.
Plus: Master Index to all 34 books in the Irish Families Project; an index to the families on the Map of the Four Masters; and a Free Irish Roots Disk. All for the First Time Ever !
4th edition ISBN: 9780940134966

Listen to the author and publisher, Mike 0'Laughlin, describe "The Book of Irish Families Great & Small"
The Best and Final Edition.
Over 50,000 entries total:
700 illustrated coats of arms
Origins & Locations
Includes families settled from Scotland, England, etc...
Ancient Maps and illustrations
All 32 counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Ulster).
400 full size pages.

There is no other like this one ! A magnificent world class illustration of Irish Family History, this book is the culmination of 4 decades of research by the I.G.F.. Hundreds of families from each county are given in Part One with family history. Over 45,000 family names are given in specific counties or Poor Law Unions. This is the new fourth edition (2013), which includes select family histories. For the first time ever, the index for the first 33 volumes in the Irish Families set is also included. The famous and large families like Murphy, Kelly, Sullivan, O'Brien, Ryan, Kennedy, Walsh, Daugherty and Donahue are of course in this book, as are thousands more, including rarely found families that settled in Ireland from England, Scotland, Wales, and the continent. Among the hundreds of settler names are those of Betagh; Coppinger; Trench; Coplan; Hall; Green; Hunter; McKenzie; Baker; Howell; Bellew and many more.

Families from England
Many English families have settled in Ireland from the 12th century onwards. Often, the native Irish were forced to "translate" their names into English sounding ones. The 50 most numerous names from England in 1853 are given, along with hundreds of family history extracts on specific families like Smith; Jones; Williams and Taylor.

Families from Scotland
Due to the proximity of the north of Ireland and the south of Scotland, migration between the two countries has been constant. A great settlement of Scottish families took place in the 17th century during the plantation of Ulster by the British Crown. Later, some of these 'planter' families came to America, becoming known as the Scotch Irish or Scots Irish. The 50 most numerous names of Scotland are given, along with hundreds of family histories, including families like McDonald; Brown; Thomson and Robertson.

Families from the German Palatinate
Families came to Ireland in the 18th century from the Palatinate of the Rhine. In 1709 some 7,000 arrived in England and many settled in Co. Limerick, Ireland and America. Some of these are families like Bowen, Baker; Delmege and Pyper.

Danish or Viking Families
The Danes (Lochlainders, Ostmen or Vikings), had colonies in Ireland for centuries. Centered in Dublin and Meath (in Fingall), and in Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Limerick, settling primarily in the coastal counties of Ireland from the 8th century on. These Viking families include: Betagh; Coppinger; Palmer; Plunket and Skiddy, among many others given in this work.

Jewish Families in Ireland
Many Russian and Polish Jews settled on the south side of Dublin city from the late 1800's. These included the families of Coplan, Fridberg, Greenberg, Weiner, Maisell and many others given in this work.

Welsh Families in Ireland
Families by the name of "Walsh" (in Irish, Brannagh or Breathnach), meaning a Briton or Welshman, are found early in Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Killarney, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford and Galway. Some of these families were: Howell, Lawless, Lillis, Lynagh and Rossiter. Many are included in this work

Anglo Norman Families in Ireland
The Anglo Norman invasions of the 12th century brought many new families to Ireland. Some took on Irish names. Anglo Norman families in Ireland include: Barry; Bellew; Bermingham; Burke; Carew and Clare, among hundreds of others given in this book along with family history notes.

Huguenot Families in Ireland
French and Fleming Huguenot families settled in the 17th century in Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, and Lisburn, etc... They were noted for making linen, cloth and lace. Some of these families were those of Barre; Perrin; Hazard; Hassard; Lefanu; Trench and many others as given in this work.

'Irish Families' Contains many family names left out of other popular works, including those of Edward MacLysaght, Patrick Woulfe and John O'Hart. The best single book for finding any Irish family surname, there are more names, arms, and locations here than in any other book . Truly a 'must have' resource for finding numerous and scarce names in Ireland. This book is divided into the following sections:


Part One:
Origins, History, Arms.
Family History from the Archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation.
Being selections from a vast collection of materials. Intended as a
vital first step for all family researchers and historians. This section
gives 2,000 bold face family entries, covering every county in Ireland.
Old Irish Families; The Scots Irish or Scotch Irish; the English; the Welsh;
The French Huguenot; the Viking or Danish; the Anglo-Norman, and
Jewish families in Ireland are all included here.

Included in this section are over 600 documented illustrations of Irish family coats of arms. The family history entries run up to one full column in length. Information includes, as available: Origins; Locations; Other forms of spelling the name; Extracts from the 1659 census, Keatings History, Irish Pedigrees, the birth index and more. There are 268 full size pages in this section alone.

Part Two:
Locations by specific area.
Over 10,000 family locations in Ireland. Specific names tied to specific locations.
Being locations from the 17th to the 19th centuries. This section was actually
is designed strictly to narrow your search to a specific county, registrars district, or Poor Law Union in Ireland. It is specially helpful for finding rare names. Names like Haryson; Hazley; Guyn; Flenten; Vesey, and Faraday are located just like more numerous families are. As all researchers know, finding the county of origin in Ireland is the first step to a successful search ! There are no extra notations for names in this section, it simply ties families to specific locations in Ireland, based upon Foundation records.

Part Three:
The Master Index.(Found only in this new third edition)
This section include the full name index to this book, PLUS the surname index to the 27 other volumes in the Irish Families series (part of the Irish Families project). This has been particularly helpful for researchers wanting to narrow the search to a specific county in Ireland. As the other 27 volumes in the set cover all 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland, every county is covered. This provides you with a possible resource for further study. In all, there are 45,000 entries in this section. Each index entry gives you either the page number your family name is found on in this book, plus the volume number of any other book in the series that contains your family name. The index to each of the following books is included in this section:
Families of County Kerry, Ireland
Families of County Clare, Ireland
Families of County Cork, Ireland
Families of County Galway, Ireland
Families of County Dublin, Ireland
Families of County Donegal, Ireland
Families of County Limerick, Ireland
County Armagh Genealogy & family history extracts ..(0940134-667)
County Antrim & Belfast: Genealogy... (0940134-527)
County Down: Genealogy ... (0940134-632)
County Tipperary: Genealogy.. (0940134-543)
County Waterford: Genealogy ... (0940134-578)
County Derry (Londonderry) Genealogy (0940134-67-5)
County Wexford Genealogy ... (0940134-55-1)
County Sligo Genealogy .. (0940134-56-X)
County Mayo Genealogy ..(0940134-53-5)
County Tyrone Genealogy ..(0940134-79 9)
County Cork Genealogy ..(0940134888)
County Kilkenny Genealogy .. (0940134-594)
County Longford Genealogy ..(0940134-764 )
County Monaghan Genealogy ..(0940134-691 )
County Roscommon: Genealogy..(0940134-519).
Co Cavan & Co Leitrim Genealogy...(0940134-640)
County Meath & Westmeath Genealogy.(0940134-780).
Kings (Offaly) & Queens (Leix/Laois) Counties, genealogy.... (0940134-624)
County Kidlare, Wicklow & Carlow genealogy.... (0940134-586)
County Fermanagh and Louth genealogy.... (0940134-68-3)
County Clare Genealogy .. (978-0-940134-87-4)
County Donegal Genealogy .. 978-0-940134-80-5
County Dublin: Genealogy ... (978-0-940134-81-2)
County Galway Genealogy. . 978-0-940134-82-9
County Limerick Genealogy . 978-0-940134-83-6
County Kerry Genealogy . . (0-940134-84-5)

Format of this Book

Entries on family names are arranged in the following order:

(1) When available, the coat of arms linked to the name appears above the name which is in bold type. All arms shown in this volume were actually used by families in Ireland, acknowledged by recognized authorities.

(2) Beneath the name is the source from which the arms are taken.

(3) Occasionally we list a Gaelic or more ancient form of the name on the next line in regular type. (note we have not punctuated these). We suggest those interested in the gaelic consult Irish Names and Surnames by the Rev. P. Woulfe. The IGF edition of that work contains a new surname index, which proves most helpful to researchers.

(4) The next line, in italics, gives variant spellings of the name as available.

(5) The history associated with the name

The amount of information found will vary with each name. Please consult all possible spellings of the name. More information may appear in other volumes to this Irish Families set. Names not covered here will appear in other volumes of our Irish Families, great & small series.
The surname index to this first volume , (and to volumes 2 through 28), is found in part III of this book. The researcher should consult that index as well as the location index found in part II of this book.

The location index (see part II) represents extracts taken from larger, more detailed listings found in the Master Book of Irish Surnames. Space limitations do not allow reprinting all the index listings found in that book. In fact, there are over 50,000 listings from that book which we did not have room for at all! We have included as many surnames as possible to give hope to Irish family researchers. These listings may prove particularly helpful for those with less common names. The student of Irish family names would do well to consult that work independently.

Maps and Illustrations

Province Map
showing Munster; Leinster; Connacht; Meath;
Oriel; Aileach; and Ulster.

Key to Terms
Including useful terms and abbreviations used.

Ancient Map
Showing territorial divisions upon the coming of the Vikings to Ireland. Includes Tirconnell; Tirowen; Uladh; Uriel; Brefney; Hy Fiachrach; Hy Many; West Meath; East Meath; Offelan; Fine Gall; Offaly; Omurethy; Leix; Ormond; Thomond; Desmond; Decies; and Hy Kinshelagh.

13th Century Norman Map
Showing unconquered areas, and areas of Norman Rule & influence.

Administrative Divisions
Listing the major territorial divisions of Ireland, including: The Province; The County; The Barony; The Parish; The Townland; and Poor Law Unions.

Ireland, showing railways map
Showing railway routes in Ireland on the map.

Source List
List of helpful resources.

Key to Poor Law Unions and registrars dist.
A Listing of the Unions along with registrars districts that they contained.

Family Research sources and tips
Tips for the family researcher.

Barony Map
Showing 325 baronies of Ireland on the map by county. The barony was used an a unit in 19th century land valuations.

Ireland Map

Written Chart naming Families settling in Ireland
Showing families from other nations known to have settled in Ireland.

Ireland upon coming of the Vikings.
Showing the divisions of Thomond; Desmond; Decies; Ossory; Hy Kinshelagh;
Ormond; Hy Many; Offaly; Leix; Omurethy; Offelan; Fine Gall; Brefney;
Hy Fiachrach; Tirconnell; Tirowen; Uladh; and Uriel.

A One of A Kind Resource
This is the number one collection of Irish Families ever to appear in print. This Master volume alone, exceeds any other single book in the field. It is a one of a kind beauty - never equalled. There are more Irish Family names, spellings, locations, arms and sources here than in any other single book ever published.

The Final Word This book contains information on families in all 32 counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Later volumes in this series focus on individual counties, and contain additional information, not found in the volume. You can learn more about the author in the Irish Roots Cafe, here at

New Fourth edition, soft cover binding with color cover, 400 pages, maps, genealogy notes, free Irish Roots Disc included.


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