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Irish surnames beginning with P and R, from Plunkett to Ryan

Plunkett

Found in: Louth, Meath.

Origin: Danish

Power

In Irish: de Paor.

Found in: Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow.

Origin: Norman

From the Norman-French word le Poer meaning “poor”. Came as servants with the Normans.

Prendergast

Variant: Prender, Pender

Found in: Waterford, Mayo

Origin: Anglo-Norman

Name of a village in Pembrokeshire

Punch

Found in: Kildare, Limerick Dublin

Origin: Norman

From the French given name Poncius.

Quigley

Variant: Cogley

In Irish: O Coigligh,

Found in: Derry, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo.

Origin: Gaelic

Literally means “untidy hair”.

Quinlan

Variant: Quinlevan

In Irish: O Caoindealbháin

Found in: Clare, Munster.

Origin: Gaelic

Means “graceful shape”.

Quinn

Variant: Quin, Quan

In Irish: O Cuinn

Found in: Antrim, Clare, Longford, widespread.

Origin: Gaelic

From cuinn meaning “intelligent”.

Rafferty

Variant: O’Rafferty,

In Irish: O Raithbheartaigh

Found in: Clare, Galway, Mayo

Origin: Gaelic

Means “bringer of prosperity”.

Redmond

In Irish: Réamonn

Found in: Wexford, Wicklow.

Origin: Norman

Originated with Richard le Gros, a Norman leader of the 1169 invasion. The Irish name is a translation of the French, the English a phonetic version of it.

Regan

Variant: Reagan

In Irish: Ó Reagáin

Found in: Dublin, Kerry, Louth, widespread

Origin: Gaelic

Reynolds

In Irish: MacRaghnaill

Found in: Leinster

Origin: Norse

Roche

In Irish: de Róiste

Found in: Widespread

Origin: Norman

A Norman family who arrived in Ireland from Wales, where they lived in Roch Castle.

Rooney

In Irish: O Ruanaidh

Found in: Down, widespread.

Origin: Gaelic

Means “hero”.

Ryan

Variant: Mulryan

In Irish: Ó Riain, Ó Maoilriains

Found in: Carlow, Limerick, Tipperary, widespread.

Origin: Gaelic

A common name with two main families, each with a different Irish spelling: the Ó Riains of Idrone in Carlow; and the Ó Maoilriains from Limerick and Tipperary.

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One Comment

  1. Anne Reagan HainesMarch 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Is REGAN really and truly the most prevalent spelling of this Gaelic name in present-day Ireland? I really can’t believe it, especially considering the spelling in Irish. My family history has been traced back to a Timothy Reagan who came to America around 1700.

    I was told by an Irish genealogist that the surname REAGAN (and he made no objection to that spelling) was so widespread that tracing it would be impossible – at least back farther than the aforementioned 1700.

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