Surname Origins and Variants
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Some Initial Observations
Many, many Irish surnames have at one time or another had the prefixes Mac, Mc and O'.
Griffiths Valuation: all variants of Mac, Mc etc were recorded as M' so e.g. MacHale was written M'Hale.
IRISH NAMES AND SURNAMES COLLECTED AND EDITED BY Rev. Patrick Woulfe
Priest of the Diocese of Limerick, Member of the Council National Academy of Ireland