rishCentral.com has put together a list of the top 100 common Irish surnames with a little explanation of where these names come from. Whether you're looking to trace your family crest or trying to trace your family roots this list will point you in the right direction.
Where in Ireland are you from? Trace your Irish heritage and find out where your Irish surname originated or is most dominant in Ireland. We’ve included over 100's of popular Irish surnames from all around the country, from the O’Sullivans of Cork to the Doyles of Dublin to the O’Malleys of Mayo. Enjoy!
We Irish descend from the Milesians (also known as the Gaels) came to Ireland in 504 BC from Galicia. The common ancestor of all Irish people is Míl Espáine (from whence the Milesians are named), who was the king of Galicia and northern Portugal and it is rather interesting that Míl Espáine, in Gaelic, means Soldier of Hispania!