Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day (Photographs of Ireland / Old British Isles Web Pages / Ford Surname Information)

Celtic Crosses on Inch Kenneth island [photo credit]

Pathway to Aughnanure Castle outside Oughteread, Co. Galway [photo credit]

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Photograph: Ireland "The Enerald Isle"

Borlin Valley Toward Knockboy Mountain [photo credit]


ireland pictures - Burrishoole Abbey, Co Mayo

Remains of a Dominican Friary, dating from around 1470 [photo credit]


Owenscaul River, Dingle Peninsula [photo credit]


Minard Castle, Dingle Peninsula [photo credit]

Ireland: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links

(my old web page, that was on my site from February 1997 to April 2003. This is the most recent version from Internet Archive: dated 17 April 2003. Many of the links still work fine)

See also, related pages:

Scotland: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links

(my web page that was online from February 1997 to August 2001. This archived page dates from 15 August 2001)

England: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links

(online from February 1997 to April 2003; this version from 7 April 2003)

Medieval and Renaissance Culture

(online from February 1997 to April 2003; this page is dated from 1 April 2003. Check out my "medieval prince and princess" photo at the top!)


Book of Kells (dating from around 800; from County Meath near Dublin; it contained the four Gospels in Latin) [photo credit]

Ford Surname Information

My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Ford. In searching for information on the Irish roots of this name, I found the following:

Forde, Ford A surname of English origin from the Old English ford meaning ‘dweller by the ford’. May be the anglicised form of a number of Gaelic surnames. ó Fuarráin meaning descendant of Fuarrán or Fuarthán (diminutive of fuar, cold). A sept of Munster. Mac Giolla na Naomh, meaning son of the servant of the saints a sept of west Connacht. Corrupted to Mac Giollanáth and erroneously translated from the resemblance of the final syllable to áth, a ford. Mac Conshnámha meaning son of Cú-shnámha (swimming hound). A sept of Leitrim who were chiefs of Muinter Kenny in the present barony of Dromahaire. It was popularly supposed to be Mac an átha, son of the ford and translated accordingly. In 1890 Forde was numerous in Galway, it was also to be found in Cork, Mayo and Dublin. The estimated number of bearers for Forde was 5,107, and for Ford was 1,747.

[also found in Counties Limerick, Waterford, and Kerry]

From another web page:

The name Ford in Ireland is usually of immigrant origin having been brought to the country by settlers from England, especially during the seven The name Ford in Ireland is usually of immigrant origin having been brought to the country by settlers from England, especially during the seventeenth century. A number of Gaelic Septs adopted Ford as the anglicized form of their name including the O'Fuarain Sept of County Limerick who also changed their name to Foran.

And another:

In form, this is a common English name for someone who lived near a ford. In Ireland, where it is more often ‘Forde’, it may indicate English ancestry, since many English of the name settled in Ireland. However, in the majority of cases it is a native Irish name, an anglicisation of at least three Irish distinct originals: Mac Giolla na Naomh, meaning ‘son of the devotee of the saints’, also anglicised as ‘Gildernew’; Mac Conshnamha, from conshnamh, meaning ‘swimming dog’, also anglicised ‘Kinneavy’; and O Fuarain, from fuar, meaning ‘cold’, and also anglicised as ‘Foran’. Clearly, the English clerks transcribing Irish names had scant knowledge of the language they were hearing. Mac Conshnamha originated in north Connacht, where the sept were chiefs in the area now part of Co Leitrim from the thirteenth century. Mac Giolla na Naomh was principally a south Connacht name, while O Fuarain originated in Co Cork. The name is still most common in Cork, though large numbers are also to be found in the Connacht counties of Galway and Mayo, as well as in Dublin.

See more information on the surname Ford from Go Ireland.com.

Click Here to get Bargain Ford Family Crest Gifts

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FORD FAMILY CREST
Ford family crest

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