How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more
The Morrígan ("phantom queen") In Irish mythology she is a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, she also takes the forms of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries. She is often depicted as a trio of goddesses, all sisters, although the triad varies; the most common combinations are Badb, Macha and Nemain. or Badb, Macha and Anand.
We Irish descend from the Milesians (also known as the Gaels) came to Ireland in 504 BC from Galicia. The common ancestor of all Irish people is Míl Espáine (from whence the Milesians are named), who was the king of Galicia and northern Portugal and it is rather interesting that Míl Espáine, in Gaelic, means Soldier of Hispania!
These Irish Immigrants descended from the ancient Celts and differed from the Irish who migrated to the American colonies earlier. These Celts were considered inferior, often treated by Americans as nonwhites, and excluded from many occupations. Riots were very common, and the Irish Catholics were blamed for nearly every social problem.
(gentle Balor from BLIND FORTUNE) “'Balor has something in common with you, my lady. He was born with a cast in one eye.' 'Indeed?' Fortuna invested a wealth of disdain in that one word. Charles seemed not to notice. 'A friend in Northumberland breeds wolfhounds. I was visiting when Balor’s dam whelped. Instead of putting the pup down, I talked George into giving it to me.' 'Such an odd name for a dog,' Fortuna observed. 'Balor is the one-eyed Celtic god of death.'”
IrishCentral.com has put together a list of the top 100 common Irish surnames with a little explanation of where these names come from. Whether you're looking to trace your family crest or trying to trace your family roots this list will point you in the right direction.