The Tribes of Galway

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Irish Surnames

Why are Irish surnames the oldest in Europe? By whom were they created, and for what reasons? How have they changes in the past thousand years?

Irish Surnames: Origins and Development is the first book in decades to address these issues. Outlining events which created them in the 9th-12th centuries, it examines Irish surnames in general plus those of clerical kindreds, Irish Travellers, women, ‘vikings’, Anglo-Irish.

Why surnames originated later in Britain, the pros and cons of genetics, and why the notions of Celticity never related to matters Irish, especially surnames.

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