Irish surnames beginning with P and R, from Plunkett to Ryan
Found in: Louth, Meath.
In Irish: de Paor.
Found in: Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow.
From the Norman-French word le Poer meaning “poor”. Came as servants with the Normans.
Variant: Prender, Pender
Found in: Waterford, Mayo
Name of a village in Pembrokeshire
Found in: Kildare, Limerick Dublin
From the French given name Poncius.
In Irish: O Coigligh,
Found in: Derry, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo.
Literally means “untidy hair”.
In Irish: O Caoindealbháin
Found in: Clare, Munster.
Means “graceful shape”.
Variant: Quin, Quan
In Irish: O Cuinn
Found in: Antrim, Clare, Longford, widespread.
From cuinn meaning “intelligent”.
In Irish: O Raithbheartaigh
Found in: Clare, Galway, Mayo
Means “bringer of prosperity”.
In Irish: Réamonn
Found in: Wexford, Wicklow.
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.
In Irish: Ó Reagáin
Found in: Dublin, Kerry, Louth, widespread
In Irish: MacRaghnaill
Found in: Leinster
In Irish: de Róiste
Found in: Widespread
A Norman family who arrived in Ireland from Wales, where they lived in Roch Castle.
In Irish: O Ruanaidh
Found in: Down, widespread.
In Irish: Ó Riain, Ó Maoilriains
Found in: Carlow, Limerick, Tipperary, widespread.
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.
Posted: August 7, 2008 | Updated: July 17, 2014 by Katherine Nolan | Image Credits