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Harrington (68.163.104.104 - 68.163.104.104)
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 05:22 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

im in need of the irish spelling of the surname HARRINGTON and if possible the original irish names before being changed to an english form if one such name exists? can anyone help me?

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Seosamh Mac Muirí (193.1.100.104 - 193.1.100.104)
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Luaitear ceithre bhunús Ghaeilge, chomh maith leis an mbunús Béarla, Harrington, leis an sloinne seo.

At least four Irish origins, as well as the English origin, are mentioned for this surname.

The Munster name Ó hIongardail, which developed to become Ó hÚrdail in modern times, was anglicised Harrington. Some Ó hIongardail families became 'Meirgeach', which in turn anglicised to Mergagh, but going by the phone book, it doesn't seem to have stuck. These may have also become Harrington by now.

Ó hAthartaigh > Ó hArtaigh anglicised mostly to Harty, but occasionally (in Abbeyshrule, Ballymahon) became Harrington.

Another surname, Ó hArrachtáin, was anglicised similarly, Harrington, in Castleisland and Listowel.

The surname, Ó hOireachtaigh, was anglicised, sometimes, in Buncrana, to Erought and finally to Harrington.

Is cainteoirí maithe Gaeilge roinnt de mhuintir na sloinnte sin romhainn.

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