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Show Notes #176
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:
1) Family of the Day: Smith
2) Book of the Month: Special Irish Census
3) Searching For: Lord of the Dance
4) Curious News: Quinn attacks a mountain
5) Web Page of the Month: Baby Irish Giraffe
6) Curious Note: What it means to be Irish
7) One minute podcast: Will America Forget the Irish!
This Weeks Video Timeline
Todays Topics: 1:00
Notes from Mike: 2:00
One Minute Podcast: 4:00
Book of the Month: 6:30
The Magnificent Seven: 9:30
Irish Name of the Day: 11:30
Sources: 15:30
Websites of the Week: 16:30
Curious News and Notes: 18:30
Irish Family Name of the Day: Smith
Todays family history in honor of member:
Dena Adams, searching for Smith and McKiernan
Related Spellings of the Name
Smithe, Smyth, Smythe, Gowan, Gowing, Goldrick, McCona, Mc Givney, etc..
Varient Spelling Groups: #728, #733, #1348, #1358, #1897, #1901, #3114
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names
History of the Name
Smith is one of the most numerous names in England, Scotland
and America. In Ireland the name ranks among the 10 most
numerous surnames. In America Smith is the #1 name. The
spellings of Smyth and Smythe are found commonly in Ireland too
Families of the name have arrived here from several countries,
and it can be difficult to determine origins. One Irish family of the
name can be found originally as MacGowan, not Smith. In Co.
Cavan, many of the name are really Mac Gowans, their names
being translated into Smith. Keating finds the them as Mac Gorhains or Mac Gowans, driven into Donegal by the English, found in Leitrim in Rossinver and Cavan. A part of the Clanna Rory.
Estate papers on the Smith family in Ireland are at the National
Library of Ireland in Dublin.
Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:
1) We have five illustrations of ‘Smith’ coat of arms in the Book of Arms. These include Dr. Arthur Smith of Dublin; Robert Smith baron Carrington; Smith of County Meath; Smith of Glasshouse; of Bally Edmond, Co. Cork; and of Mayo; most given with more specifics. One family seems to have Lions, and another seems to have Unicorns and another….. well you get the idea, it can be a clue to origins !
Book of the Month:
A Special Census of Northern Ireland
Rare Land Owner Records and Historical Notations Including
Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, and Fermanagh,
with notes on Londonderry (Derry). with names of Catholics and Protestants Affected.
Family Name Changes
There are many notes on family names, locations and
backgrounds. Of the name of John Whisher, Hill gives
that it is ‘now’ written as Wishart, and that Carew writes
it as Wyhard, and that he had returned to Scotland and
returned and suffered many misfortunes. We also find
lists of tenants who were not landowners in addition to
the ‘census’ type material.
Many Families Given
There are too many families and specific plots of land to
give here, but a few of the families listed several times in
the work are: Acheson; Alexander;
Bingley; Beresford; ODonnelly; O’Boyle; Browne; Chichester;
McCaffery; Butler; McBryan; Cole; Dillon; Hamilton
(over 30 index listings); Moore; Maguire; Oneale; OReilly;
Stewart; Richardson; Wilson; and Wray…..
This is but one example of an historical work furnishing
great genealogical information. Admittedly this is one of
the better source examples I have found.
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