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100 most Irish surnames revealed

Meanwhileinireland.com, a website geared towards Irish natives and diaspora, has ranked the 100 most common Irish surnames, while providing us with their Irish equivalent and historical meaning.

While some surnames are inherently Irish with the inclusion of Mc, Mac or O', the heritage of others can be classed as 'Cambro-Norman' and 'Anglo-Irish'.

Where does your name fall on the list? And what's its meaning?

Rank Name Irish Equivalent Meaning
 1  Murphy ó Murchadha sea-battler
 2  Kelly  ó Ceallaigh bright-headed
¬†3 ¬†O‚ÄôSullivan ¬†√≥ S√ļilleabh√°in dark-eyed
 4  Walsh  Breathnach Welshman
 5  Smith   Mac Gabhann son of the smith
 6  O’Brien   ó Briain high, noble
 7  Byrne   ó Broin a raven
 8  Ryan   ó Maoilriain king
 9  O’Connor  ó Conchobhair patron of warriors
 10  O’Neill  ó Néill from Niall of
the Nine Hostages
 11  O’Reilly  ó Raghallaigh
 12  Doyle   ó Dubhghaill dark foreigner
 13  McCarthy  Mac Carthaigh loving person
 14  Gallagher  ó Gallchobhair lover of foreigners
 15  O’Doherty  ó Dochartaigh hurtful
 16  Kennedy  ó Cinnéide helmet headed
 17  Lynch   ó Loinsigh seafarer, exile
 18  Murray  ó Muireadhaigh lord, master
 19  Quinn   ó Cuinn wisdom, chief
 20  Moore   ó Mordha majestic
 21  McLoughlin  Mac Lochlainn viking
 22  O’Carroll  ó Cearbhaill valorous in battle
 23  Connolly  ó Conghaile fierce as a hound
 24  Daly   ó Dálaigh assembles frequently
 25  O’Connell  ó Conaill strong as a wolf
 26  Wilson  Mac Liam son of William
 27  Dunne   ó Duinn brown
 28  Brennan  ó Braonáin sorrow
¬†29 ¬†Burke ¬† de B√ļrca from Richard de Burgh
 30  Collins  ó Coileáin young warrior
 31  Campbell crooked mouth
 32  Clarke   óCléirigh clergyman
 33  Johnston  Mac Seáin son of John
 34  Hughes  ó hAodha   fire
 35  O’Farrell  ó Fearghail   man of valour
 36  Fitzgerald  Mac Gearailt   spear rule
¬†37 ¬†Brown ¬† Mac an Bhreithi√ļn ¬†son of the brehon (judge)
 38  Martin  Mac Giolla Mháirtín  devotee of Saint Martin
 39  Maguire  Mag Uidhir   dun-coloured
 40  Nolan   ó Nualláin   famous
 41  Flynn   ó Floinn   bright red
 42  Thompson  Mac Tomáis   son of Thom
 43  O’Callaghan  ó Ceallacháin   bright headed
 44  O’Donnell  ó Domhnaill   world-mighty
 45  Duffy   ó Dufaigh   dark, black
¬†46 ¬†O‚ÄôMahony ¬†√≥ Math√ļna ¬† bear-calf
 47  Boyle   ó Baoill   vain pledge
¬†48 ¬†Healy ¬† √≥ h√Čalaighthe ¬† artistic, scientific
 49  O’Shea  ó Séaghdha   fine, stately
 50  White   Mac Giolla Bháin  of fair complexion
 51  Sweeney  Mac Suibhne   pleasant
 52  Hayes   ó hAodha   fire
 53  Kavanagh  Caomhánach   comely, mild
 54  Power   de Paor   the poor man
 55  McGrath  Mac Craith   son of grace
 56  Moran   ó Móráin   great
 57  Brady   Mac Brádaigh   spirited
 58  Stewart  Stiobhard   one who superintends
 59  Casey   ó Cathasaigh   vigilant in war, watchful
 60  Foley   ó Foghladh   a plunderer
 61  Fitzpatrick  Mac Giolla Phádraig  devotee of Saint Patrick
 62  O’Leary  ó Laoghaire   calf-herd
 63  McDonnell  Mac Domhnaill  world-mighty
¬†64 ¬†MacMahon ¬†Mac Math√ļna ¬† bear-calf
 65  Donnelly  ó Donnghaile   brown valour
 66  Regan   ó Riagáin   little king
 67  Donovan  ó Donnabháin   brown, black
 68  Burns  from Scottish Burness
 69  Flanagan  ó Flannagáin   red, ruddy
 70  Mullan  ó Maoláin   bald
 71  Barry   de Barra   Cambro-Norman name
 72  Kane   ó Catháin   battler
 73  Robinson   son of Robert
 74  Cunningham   Scottish name
 75  Griffin  ó Gríofa   Welsh: Gruffudd
 76  Kenny   ó Cionaoith   fire sprung
 77  Sheehan  O’Siodhachain   peaceful
 78  Ward   Mac an Bhaird  son of the bard
 79  Whelan  ó Faoláin   wolf
 80  Lyons   ó Laighin   grey
 81  Reid  red haired,
ruddy complexion
 82  Graham   grey home
 83  Higgins  ó hUiginn
 84  Cullen   ó Cuilinn   holly
 85  Keane   Mac Catháin
 86  King   ó Cionga
 87  Maher   Meagher   fine, majestic
 88  MacKenna  Mac Cionaoith  fire-sprung
 89  Bell   Mac Giolla Mhaoil
 90  Scott  a Scottish gael
¬†91 ¬†Hogan ¬† √≥ h√ďg√°in ¬† young
 92  O’Keeffe  ó Caoimh   gentle
 93  Magee   Mag Aoidh   fire
 94  MacNamara  Mac Conmara   hound of the sea
 95  MacDonald  Mac Dónaill   world-mighty
 96  MacDermott  Mac Diarmada  free from jealousy
 97  Molony  ó Maolomhnaigh  servant of the Church
 98  O’Rourke  ó Ruairc
 99  Buckley  ó Buachalla   cow herd
 100  O’Dwyer  ó Dubhuir   black
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