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ursula forhan (k2a162-243.k2access.net - 209.170.162.243)
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Admittedly, as soon as payday rolls around I'm going to have to buy some books and start studying in earnest so I won't have to ask so many basic questions. Until then, please bear with me. Having learned yesterday about the Mac/Ni prefix to surnames got me wondering about those of the O' names. Does the use of O' refer not so much to direct parentage but clan/family membership?

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bob de la muerte (student-proxy.ul.ie - 136.201.1.49)
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Ó means grandson of
Roibeard Ó Duibhir - Robert, grandson of Duibhir
Uí would probably be used for clans, i.e. Uí Duibhir - sons of Duibhir

Ceartucháin failte

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Ó Dúill (p428.as1.qkr.cork1.eircom.net - 159.134.181.172)
Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 02:58 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

But these days surnames dont change which is a pity, but far easier for admin. Though it would be far cooler, just thinking of the russian system.....
A thought, with "Ní" and "Nic". Is that used in offical documentation (ie Áine Nic Eoin) or is Áine Mac Eoin used??
Sláinte
Colm.
Ierne - Caite Éireann

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