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The Complete Book of Irish Family Names Hardcover – January, 1987

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This is a master index of Irish family name locations and variant spelling groups. Excellent for locating rare names and what source books they are found in. This book is not intended to be one of family histories. For family histories see The Book of Irish Families, great & small.

About the Author

The author is the founder and president of the Irish Genealogical Foundation, and edits the monthly Journal of Irish Families. He also has written over 30 books in the field of Irish Genealogy and Irish Culture, a feat unrivaled in the field. For more information see his website at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Irish Genealogical Foundation (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940134411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940134416
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The 'worlds leading expert' according to IrishCentral, Mike O'Laughlin is the most published author in his field. Since 1978 he has authored: 60 books; 40 CD's and Videos; 300 podcasts; and over 1,000 articles.
Having written books on every county in Ireland, he also publishes rare works in both Irish and English, including 'The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters'.

His 6 fields of Irish study include: Genealogy; History; Irish-America; Language (gaeilge); and Song. Vocalist with the Irish Roots Cafe house band, he performed in the first all Irish language stage show of its kind in the mid-west, and was ranked as the #1 Celtic artist in the U.S. in 2012 on Reverbnation.
His first album "Irish Song: traditional and Sean Nós" is at:

Among his historic firsts are:
1) First Irish Genealogy podcast series on the web.
2) First 34 book set, by county, on Irish Families.
3) Connellans 'Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters' (repub)
4) First book on the Irish in Missouri (author)
5) The 1st all Irish language song show in the mid-west

Mike led cottage tours to Ireland in the 1980's, and holds an Irish research library of 3,000 volumes. He also edits and publishes the work of ten authors from centuries past from his home base in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a noted speaker, singer, consultant and exhibitor for special events, see more at

Reach Mike by email here:
Snail Mail here: Box 7575, Kansas City, MO 64116
(YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Tradconnect, Fandalism, etc..) and is available on Amazon at:

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is another suprising book from the IGF. It is not family histories - they have several excellent works on family histories - it is a great index where you can tell what book has your surname in it, and where standard works say your name is from, like the 1659 census and the 1890 birth index, it tells what county your name was found in - oh, and get ready to see how they spelled your name in the old days ! Not a coffee table book, but a great book for researchers trying to find rarer names in Ireland. I recommend it to researchers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Weir on November 3, 2003
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As the owner of Black Hills Celtic Shop in Rapid City, SD, I can safely say that O'Laughlin's Complete Book of Family Names is the best and most accessible reference I have ever seen. We have resort to this volume at least a dozen times a day and it never fails us at finding and affixing any name or variation spelling of same to its proper historical and geographic locus in Ireland. In fact, between this volume and Tartan For Me, we can usually discern any and all Celtic names of "British" extraction and assign an historic locale to them. O'Laughlin's uses resources as early as the Norman Invasion of Ireland in the 1170s and as late as 1890s, so the names and locales are quite accurate and thorough.
I can't imagine a day at the shop without our reference copy. And I am amazed that this vital volume has gone out of print!
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