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The Book of Irish Families, great & small

Reviewer: A reader from Columbia, Missouri After evaluating the Book of Irish Families I conclude this is currently the best work of it's genre available. My claim to the legitimate training and credential of a professional researcher includes a graduate degree in History. A researcher's mandate is to publish original material versus rehashing existing efforts. Professional genealogists fall into this catagory. Measured according to this criteria, O'Laughlin's book clearly meets the standard. The book contains several hundred coats of arms not found elsewhere by this researcher. Many of these were officially sanctioned in the seventeenth century. The book also contains a similar number of surnames not found elsewhere.

Clans and Families of Ireland : The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families

A genealogical history of Ireland and its people, from prehistoric times to the present day, traces the origins of placenames and surnames and provides full-color illustrations of clan coats of arms and tartans, along with photographs of the Irish landscape. An account of the origins of the Irish people discusses their customs, daily life, surnames, coats of arms, and clan tartans from prehistoric times to the present and includes full-color photographs.

From Presidents Reagan and Clinton to entertainers Carroll O'Connor and Aidan Quinn, it's clear that Celtic heritage abounds in the United States. While the names Aileen, Glenna, and Morgan are generally well known, what about Siobbhan, Fiona, or Branwen? If your last name is O'Brian, MacQueen, or Ellis, you may well already know of your Irish, Scottish, or Welsh background. But if your name is Roche, Preston, or Bonner, have you discovered a new branch in your family tree? The Celtic Book of Names offers the most comprehensive collection of names available. Included is an alphabetical list of women's and men's names, divided by Irish, Scottish, or Welsh background. Each entry includes the meaning, legends or historical references, and variants of the name. Also provided is a comprehensive list of family surnames and a retelling of common Celtic myths and legends to give the names context.

Celtic Baby Names: Traditional Names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall & the Isle of Man Authoritative, useful, and fun to browse, Celtic Baby Names offers 1200 traditional first names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Mane. These names are drawn from the six Celtic languages, along with pronunciations, etymologies, and information about famous people of history and legend who have borne them. This is the only book of its kind, and the only American publication offering a wide selection of names in Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and Breton. Genuine Celtic names will prove to be of interest to expectant parents, of course, but also to anyone gathering information about the names of relatives and friends, to those seeking new names for themselves, and to authors looking for meaningful and melodious names for literary characters as well. Browse the pages of Celtic Baby Names for names that are unique, authentic, and brimming with historical and mythical associations. Highly recommended!

Book of Scots-Irish Family Names

Reviewer: Mary Beth from Iowa This book is about average, with quite a few small discrepancies. The author confuses locations of many Anglo-Scottish Border Clans. For example, he makes no mention of the fact that the Grahams were more numerous on the English side of the Border than the Scottish. He does the same with many other English Riding Clans. Some of his surname histories are quite confusing. He mentions the use of the surname Scott as a personal name in England, which has nothing to do with the surname Scott in Ireland. He gives histories of many names, but does not directly say how or if these histories apply these surnames as they appear in Ireland. He may mention the appearance of surnames in other countries, but doesn't say the surname in question came from that country. It's a fair book, it may or may not help you out.

O'Baby : The Irish Baby Name Book

Ireland is famous for its beauty, its magic--and its lyrical names. This one-of-a-kind baby name book offers hundreds of choices for parents-to-be. From ancient to modern names and from popular to rare, this handy resource includes A-to-Z listings on a variety of themes, such as names for redheads, brunettes and blondes; famous Irish personages; Irish saints; magic, myth and legend; Celtic animals and plants; historical events and literature; and alternate spellings

Beyond Shannon and Sean : An Enlightened Guide to Irish Baby Naming

Whether you're of Irish descent, or simply enjoy the sound of Sinead or Finnegan, this excellent source of Irish names features chapters such as "Beyond Ryan & Murphy," "Conan, Patron Saint of Barbarians," and names from the literature of James Joyce.

Families of County Cork, Ireland : From Earliest Times to the 20th Century

One of the historic volumes from the 32 book set on Irish Families from the I. G. F. and the Journal of Irish Families. This is the story and history of families in Co. Cork. Ancient Cork families are included. Rare families found in Cork are given in this historic work too, some are found only once in the Co. Cork archives here. Settler families from England, Scotland and the continent who subsequently arrive in Co. Clare are included.

Families of County Kerry, IrelandFamilies of Co. Kerry, Ireland

The master book to this 32 volume series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small' which contains information on families from all of Ireland, including Co. Kerry. 'Family of Co. Kerry, Ireland' greatly expands the coverage on families found in Kerry. Kerry was chosen as the first volume to follow 'The Book of Irish Families, Great and Small' in part due to my own ancestors who were among the 'O'Donoghues of the Glen'. I have made good use of the IGF library, and have included many references from the work of Jeremiah King, noted Kerry historian.




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