Irish Naming Traditions and Patterns

 

Wikipedia has a page on Irish Names Generally that is informative.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_name

 

Irish Naming Traditions and Patterns

  • Oldest son named after the Father’s father
  • 2nd son named after the Mother’s father
  • 3rd son named after the Father
  • 4th son named after the Father’s oldest brother
  • Oldest daughter named after the Mother’s mother
  • 2nd daughter named after the Father’s mother
  • 3rd daughter named after the Mother
  • 4th daughter named after the Mother’s oldest sister

 

More detailed Irish Naming Traditions:

  • First born son named after his father’s father
  • Second born son named after his mother’s father
  • Third born son named after his father
  • Fourth born son named after his father’s oldest brother
  • Fifth born son named after his father’s 2nd oldest brother
    or his mother’s oldest brother

  • First born daughter named after her mother’s mother
  • Second born daughter named after her father’s mother
  • Third born daughter named after her mother
  • Fourth born daughter named after her mother’s oldest sister
  • Fifth born daughter named after her mother’s 2nd oldest sister
    or her father’s oldest sister

Way Back Page —

https://web.archive.org/web/20071119084514/http://www.corkcity.ie/citycouncil/freedomofthecity/

South Sligo Ireland Genealogy Research