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The Book of Irish Names: First, Family and Place Names Paperback – November, 1989

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This ready-reference tool is a short and inexpensive guide to the history and meaning of first, family, and place names and very similar to Coghlan's Irish First Names (Johnston & Bacon, 1979). It also contains a brief chronology of Irish history, Irish root words, and a pronunciation guide. Similar and more rigorous books, such as Edward MacLysaght's classic The Surnames of Ireland (LJ 8/70) and Irish Families (1951; Irish Academic Pr., 1985. rev. ed.) and other recent titles provide color heraldic illustrations, describe the coats of arms, and include far more names. The lack of descriptions for coats of arms limits this book's usefulness. However, for home and small libraries where an all-in-one synthesis of Irish names will be valuable, this is an affordable beginning reference work.
- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc; First Edition edition (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080696944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806969442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,071,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains two main sections. The first gives us a list of first names currently in use in Ireland and their history and meaning. It is moderately thorough, and contains a number of names which are not Celtic in their roots. The second section covers some of the more common family names in use in Ireland, with black and white pictures of the crests. A pronunciation guide would have been helpful, but is lacking. All in all, a nice book to add to one's library of Irish reference books.
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This book addresses only a small number of the many irish names. The author in the introduction states that he is only listing 80 out of a possible 3,500 names??? I couldn't find any I was looking for. There must be better books on this subject.
Joseph Craig
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Good source of frequently used first names in both Irish and English and their meanings. Lists of the most prominent Irish family names with crest (no color) and short history. Final section lists some Irish placenames and meaning of words.
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It had an interesting history of my name (Ronald) at least. It told me "Ronald: from Rögnvaldr, a Norse name (of which Reginald is a modern variant) became Raonull amongst the Gaels of Scotland, from which came the English Ronald, a name still used in modern Ireland." Not a lot of details, but that's more than I had known. No references, so I have to trust that the information is correct.
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