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From: "Jackson Montgomery-Devoni" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Help Please - Irish Surnames
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 15:04:22 -0400
I myself have quite a few Irish ancestors so I thought I would see if I
could help in any way.
The surname Riley seems to the same basically as O'Reilly and came
originally from the Gaelic O Raghailligh, which means descendant of
Raghallach. The O'Reillys seem to be first found in county Cavan and were a
fairly powerful family.
Mooney also seems to be of Gaelic descent and comes from the Irish O
Maonaigh, which derives from the Old Irish maonach meaning ''wealthy''. It
also seems to have as a surname independantly in all four if the Irish
Murphy seems to come from the ancient Irish name O'Murchadha which means
''descendant of sea warrior'' in Gaelic. It also seems to be very common
all over Ireland.
FitzGerald means son of Gerald and seems to be of Norman origin. Gerald was
a Norman personal name and has Germanic elements in ger or gari mean spear
and wald which means ruler. FItzGerald seems to have been first found in
Munster where they were granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke during his
invasion of Ireland in 1172.
I found all of this on the net, there is much more out there that you can
>From: "M True" <>
>Subject: [DNA] Help Please - Irish Surnames
>Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 19:23:32 +0100
>Can some of our Irish Genealogical experts help please. I have recently
>received my DNA Tribes results and this has sparked me on to researching
>of my grandparent's lines one of which is Irish. The surnames I would like
>some background information on are:
>Thanks very much.
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