Here is a listing of some of the sources consulted when researching Irish surnames. The resources below directly or indirectly influenced the authors of our surname histories. We have most of these titles in our library, others we have borrowed or had access to. Source materials have been chosen for their reliability and authenticity. Our research into surnames is ongoing, and we are continually adding to our source library. For each surname history, we seek and refer to sources specific to the surname; these are generally not included in the list below. 

Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your British and Irish Roots. 4th
Ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999.
Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish: A Social History.
Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962.(ISBN 0-80-784259-1)
Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff,
MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and
Origins.4th ed. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991.(ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh:
Bartholomew and Son, 1969
MacLysaght, Edward. More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish
Academic,1982.(ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory: of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1989 (1884 edition) MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland, 3rd ed. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1978. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J. X. W. P. Corcoran. The
Celts. London: Penguin, 1970.(ISBN 0-14-021211-6)
O’Hart, John. Irish Pedigrees. 5th Ed. In 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976.
Elster , Robert J. International Who’s Who. London : Europa/
Routledge, Published annually since 1935.
Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature; Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators, and Prose Writers of Ireland. 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884.
Fairbairn. Fairbairn’s Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland. 4th ed. 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Ronayne, Jarlath. The Irish in Australia: Rogues and Reformers, First Fleet to Federation. Victoria, Australia: Penguin, 2002. (ISBN 0-670-04105)
Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People; a Library of
Irish Biography. 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald, 1909-1911.
Shaw, William A. Knights of England: : A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Knights Bachelors. 2 Vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing , 1971 (reprint of 1906). (ISB: 0-80-630443-X )
Fox-Davies, Arthur. Armorial Families: A Directory of
Gentlemen of Coat-Armour. Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle, 1970
Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of
Ireland. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1993.(ISBN 1-56619-215-3)
Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder:
Roberts Rinehart, 1997 (ISBN 1-57098-137-X)
Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells. 3rd Ed. New York:
Crescent Books, 1986. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3)
Hickey, D. J. and J. E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History from 1800. 2nd Ed. Dublin: Gil & Macmillan, 2003. (ISBN 9-78-071712-5203 ) Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames: Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. (ISBN 0-940134-403)
Kennedy Patrick. Kennedy’s Book of Arms. Canterbury:
Achievments, 1967.
Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849.
New York: Old Town Books, 1962. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3)
Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849.
(ISBN 0-8063-1203-3)
Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family Names and Origins of
Ireland. Dublin: Mullins.

Trusted Web Sites

The National Archives of Ireland: College of Arms (England):
British History Online: Library and Archives Canada:
United Kingdom National Archives: The National Archives (USA):


Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster And
America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing, 2006 (1920).
Rasmussen, Louis J. San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists. 4 Vols.
Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.; 1978.
Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City:
Ancestry, 1993.
The Norman People: And Their Existing Descendants in The
British Dominions and the United States of America. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing, 1975. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts, 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: George Banta Publishing Co., 1932. Sanders, Joanne McRee ed. English Settlers in Barbados, 1637- 1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing,
Filby , P. William an d Mar K. Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. In Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) Seary, E. R. Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland – Corrected Edition. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998. (ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
Harris, Ruth-Ann, and B. Emer O’Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends, Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot, Volume II: 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Harris, Ruth-Ann, and B. Emer O’Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends, Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot, Volume II: 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991.
Houston, Cecil J. & William J. Smyth. Irish Emigration and
Canadian Settlement: Patterns, Links, and Letters.
Smith, Leonard H. Jr. Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867 – Volume
1. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992
Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1841-1849. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1996 Tepper, Michael Ed. & Elizabeth P. Bentley, transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819.. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986
McDonell, Frances. Emigrants From Ireland to America 1735- 1743: A transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons Into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5) Thomas, Wilson B. and Emily S. Wilson. Directory of the Province of Ontario. Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House, 1857.
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, Texas 1896-1951.
National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland
1536 – 1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, (1897), 1997.


Baxter, Angus. In Search of your Canadian Roots: Tracing your Family Tree in Canada. Toronto: MacMillan, 1989. (ISBN 0- 7715-9201-9) Houston, Cecil, J. and William J. Smyth. Irish Emigration and Canadian Settlement: Patterns, Links & Letters. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1990
Beddoe Alan. Canadian Heraldry. Ottawa: Royal Heraldry
Society of Cnada, 1981.
Jackson, Ronald Vern, et al. Canada 1800-1842 Census –
Miscellaneous. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing
Systems International, 1989.
Bercuson, David J. and J.L. Granatstein. Collins Dictionary of Canadian History: 1867 to Present. Toronto: Collins, 1988. (ISBN 0-00-217758-7) Maclean . Rose, George. A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography Being Chiefly Men of the Time: a collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life : leaders in the commerce and industry of Canada, and successful pioneers. Toronto: Rose, 1886.
Canadian Almanac and Directory -Annual editions. Toronto:
Grey House.
Myers, Jan. Canadian Facts and Dates. Richmond Hill:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1991. (ISBN 1-55041-073-3)
Canadian Who’s Who. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,
Published annually.
Old United Empire Loyalists Lists. Baltimore: Genealogical
Publishing, 1976. (ISBN 0-8063-0331-X)
Colombo, John Robert. Colombo’s Canadian Quotations. Toronto: Colombo and Company, 1974. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties.
Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1972.
Cook, Ramsay, Real Belanger and Jean Hamelin. Dictionary of Canadian Biography: 1921 To 1930. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006 (ISBN 0-80-209087-7) Reid, William D. The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada. Lambertville, NJ: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973.

United States

Best, Hugh. Debretts Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-
McCann, 1983 (ISBN 0-69-811244-X)
Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies: Scotch-Irish
and German. Harrisburg: L.S.Hart, 1886.
Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton’s American Armory.
Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964.
Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the
Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical publishing, 1967.
Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation, 1620–1647. Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison. 2 vols. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Matthews, John. Matthews’ American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911.
Browning, Charles, H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore:
Genealogical publishing, 2004 (1911). (ISBN 9-78-080630-0542).
Vermont, E. de V. American Heraldica: A Compilation of Coats
of Arms, Crests and Mttoes of Prominent American Families
Settled in This Country Before 1800. New York: Heraldic
Publishing Company, 1965.
Crozier, William Armstrong Ed. Crozier’s General Armory: A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard, and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650. 7th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical publishing,1992. (ISBN:0-80-631367-6)


Davison, Graeme, John Hirst and Stuart McIntyre Eds. The Oxford Companion to Australian History. South Melbourne: Oxford U. Press, 2001. Gillen, Mollie. Yvonne Browning and Michael Flynn. The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet. Sydney: Library of Australian History 1989
Fraser, John Foster. Australia: The Making of a Nation.
London: Cassell, 1911
King, Jonathan. The First Fleet: The Convict Voyage That
Founded Australia 1787 – 88. London: Secker & Warburg 1982.
Flynn, Michael, The Second Fleet, Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1993. (ISBN 0-908120-83-4) O’Brien, John, and Pauric Travers. Irish Emigrant Experience in Australia. Dublin: Poolbeg, 1991.

New Zealand

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Volume one: 1769-1869.
Aukland: Aukland University Press, 1990.
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Volume Two: 1870-
1900. Auckland: Aukland University Press, 1993.

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