Handy guide: Irish Given Names: Popularity, Spelling Variants, Diminutives and Abbreviations


Researching Irish ancestry is generally more difficult than researching England Ancestry so we must make the most of any information we have available.

Gaining knowledge about our ancestors' given names can be helpful in tracing these individuals or other family members. To assist researchers, this handy guide explores Irish given names from the mid-1700s to the early 1900s, the period that interests most family history researchers.

Filled with tables, you find a table of the common Irish male and female names from 1700s-1900s, names list spelling variants as well as diminutives and abbreviations. This will prove incredibly useful not only when reading old documents or letters which have the names abbreviated, but also to give you clues on alternate spellings of names you could be looking for.  

8 page A4 booklet, b&w and colour photos

Carol Baxter, Unlock the Past handy guide, 2019


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