McBride - Bumpus Genealogy

The  Origin  of  Irish  Family  Names

​​           It is a help when tracing your family
history to know something about the origin of
and evolution of Irish names and particularly
how names have changed over the centuries. 

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The  History  of  Last  Names

Did your grandparents have a middle name?

 If they did, chances are their parents didn't.

The three name system that  is fairly standard

among the English speaking countries is a
relatively recent developement.

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The  Meaning  of  Surnames

The use of a surname was originally adopted in order to distinguish two individuals with the same first name, & at first, these last names were not passed down to the next generation. 

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