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From: Mac McCutchan <>
Subject: Re: Bells Book of Ulster Names
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2000 22:03:48 -0500

April asked, "Could someone please tell me if GREENFIELD, FOLEY, McGINN,
McMULLIN appear in Bells Book...."

GREENFIELD: Doesn't appear in Bell's book - indicating it's not among
the 500 most frequently occurring names in Ulster. Does appear in
Black's "The Surnames of Scotland", as a surname, beginning in 1289,
with additional examples given in 1480 and 1816. It appears to be a
fairly uncommon name, although it certainly could have found its way to
Ulster in small numbers.

FOLEY: Doesn't appear in either Bell's or Black's books. That's's not that uncommon. Perhaps it's not among the
500 most frequently occurring names in Ulster (so not in Bell), and
Irish in origin (so not in Black). This is a theory, but tends to be
confirmed by the following: In 1890, there were 250 Foley babies born
in all of Ireland (according to Hanna's "The Scotch-Irish"). Of these,
only 7 were born in Ulster. A look at the LDS Familysearch database at confirms this - lots of Foleys in Ireland,
but almost none in Ulster (a few scattered in England, Wales and
Scotland). Perhaps someone with a copy of MacLysaght and/or other Irish
research sources can help out here...

McGINN: Also spelled MAGINN. Irish in origin. Common in all nine
counties of Ulster. McGINN is most common in county Tyrone, and MAGINN
in counties Antrim and Down. The name comes from the Gaelic Mag Fhinn.
McGINNE was listed as a principal Irish name in the barony of Oneilland,
County Armagh, in Petty's 'census' of 1659.

McMULLIN: Doesn't appear in either Bell's or Black's books under that
spelling, but is probably a variant of McMillan. Alternate spellings
given by Bell include McMillen McMullan and McMullen. All are versions
of the Scottish Clan McMillan. In Ireland, the names are almost
exclusive to Ulster and are found mainly in counties Antrim and Down.
The McMillans were a tribe of Moray, originally of the people of
Kanteai, on the the subsidiaries of the northern Picts. However, the
name was first recorded in Lanarkshire in 1263. It first appears as a
powerful clan in 1360, when Malcom Mor McMillan received Knapdale in
Argyllshire from the Lord of the Isles.
Hanna's list of babies born in Ireland in 1890 includes only the
spelling McMullan. 108 McMullan babies were born in Ireland in that
year; of that total, 99 were born in Ulster, concentrated in counties
Antrim and Down.

Mac McCutchan

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