Kelly Clan

Gaelic variations: Ceallaigh, Ceallach, Ó Ceallaigh, Ó Caollaidhe, Ó Caollaighe, Ó Cadhla, Mac Caochlaoich: “war or contention”. Anglicised variations: Kelly, Kelley, O’Kelly, Kealy, Keely, Keily, Kehelly, Kehilly, Coakley. Kelly is the second most common surname in Ireland and originates from … Continue reading

Murphy Clan

Gaelic variation: Ó Murchadha, Ó Murchú, Mac Murchaidh: “sea warrior” or “strong or superior”. Anglicised variations: O’Murchoe, Murphy. Although Murphy is the most numerous name in Ireland today (and interestingly the 59th most popular surname in the US), not all … Continue reading

Ahern Clan

Gaelic variations: Ó hEachthigheirn, Ó hEachthigherna, Ó hEichthigheirn, Ó hEachthighearna, Ó hEachiairn. Ó hEachthighearna: “lord of the horse”. Anglicised variations: Ahern(e), Ahearn(e), Hearn(e), O’Hearn(e). The family are said to be descended from Echtigern who was a brother of the High … Continue reading