Focusing exclusively on families of County Cork, this volume, one in the Irish
Families Series includes: Catholic and Protestant; native Irish; settler
families from England, Scotland, and Wales; County Map; Coats of Arms; and more.
Information contained here-in dates from the earliest times to the modern era.
The Master Volume in the Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families,
great & small'. It covers thousands of families from all of Ireland. 'Families
of Co. Cork' greatly expands upon the coverage given in that book and adds
several hundred new families. In this way both books compliment each other. An
outline of the history of the county as it relates to Irish families, and to
Irish research, is included, along with an exhaustive enumeration of thousands
of Cork families, sure to help any family researcher.
When needed, sources are given for further research. Family castles, dates of
occupation and locations are given. Ordinary Cork people, from the 17th to the
19th century are included too.
The following is taken from the introduction to this book, and helps set the
stage for the family history that follows in the bulk of this work.
"The Vikings settled here centuries before the Norman invasion, and are credited
with establishing the city of Cork. Their settlement did not lead to the great
upheaval that the Norman invasion eventually caused. The Skiddys, Coppingers and
Cotters were a few of the 'Viking' families that settled here at an early date,
and remained in relative peace. (see surname entries of those families in text
of this book). Robert Fitz-Stephen and Miles (Milo) de Cogan were granted the
entire kingdom of Cork in 1177 by King Henry II. (This did not include however
the city and land belonging to the Ostmen, also called Danes or Vikings.) Cork
lands could only be taken slowly at first by the Normans. Many Anglo-Norman
families and their retainers (undertakers) had to be settled here for that
purpose over time. Large tracts of land were held by many of these families
subsequently, including the Carews, De Courcys, Fitzgeralds and Barretts. Sir
Richard Boyle, who became the Earl of Cork, helped with the plantation of many
English here. They were 'settled' in direct opposition to the old Gaelic
families native to the land, who stood to lose their homes, lands, and power.
Many battles were fought and much blood shed on both sides of the line, which at
times became blurred. Castles were numerous and often necessary to protect life
Families with major entries in this book include: Mc Auliffe; Barry; Callaghan;
Mac Carthy; Coppinger; Mac Cotter; Courcy deCourcey; O Crowley; O Daly; O
Donovan; O Driscoll; Herlihy; Hyde; O Keeffe, O'Keefe; Lane; O'Leary; Long; O'
Mahoney; Nagle; Reardon; Regane; Roach; Sheehan; O' Sullivan; Sweeney; Twomey,
Walsh, Welsh and so many more ... too many to display here!
The parish is an important geographical division to remember in your
research. Once the parish is located, your journey is nearly finished ! Here are
the specific (modern) parishes of County Cork that our Irish ancestors lived in:
Abbeymahon, Abbeystowry, Aghabulloge, Aghacross, Aghada, Aghadown, Aghern,
Aghinagh, Aglish, Aglishdrinagh, Ardagh, Ardfield, Ardnageehy, Ardskeagh,
Athnowen, Ballinaboy, Ballinadee, Ballintemple, Ballyclogh, Ballycurrany,
Ballydeloher, Ballydeloughy, Ballyfeard, Ballyfoyle, Ballyhay, Ballyhooly,
Ballymartle, Ballymodan, Ballymoney, Ballynoe, Ballyoughtera, Ballyspillane,
Ballyvourney, Barnahely, Bohillane, Bregoge, Bridgetown, Brigown, Brinny,
Britway, Buttevant, Caheragh, Caherduggan, Caherlag, Cannaway, Carrigaline,
Carrigdownane, Carrigleamleary, Carrigrohane, Carrigrohanebeg, Carrigtohill,
Castlehaven, Castlelyons, Castlemagner, Castletownroche, Castleventry,
Churchtown, Clear Island, Clenor, Clondrohid, Clondulane, Clonfert, Clonmeen,
Clonmel, Clonmult, Clonpriest, Clontead, Cloyne, Coole, Cooliney, Corbally,
Corcomohide, Cork Holy Trinity, Cork St. Nicholas, Cork St. Paul's, Cork St.
Peter's, Corkbeg, Creagh, Cullen, Currykipane, Dangandonovan, Derryvillane,
Desert, Desertmore, Desertserges, Donaghmore, Doneraile, Drinagh, Drishane,
Dromdaleague, Dromdowney, Dromtarriff, Dunbulloge, Dunderrow, Dungourney,
Dunisky, Dunmahon, Durrus, Fanlobbus, Farahy, Fermoy, Garranekinnefeake,
Garrycloyne, Garryvoe, Glanworth, Gortroe, Grenagh, Hackmys, Ightermurragh,
Imphrick, Inch, Inchigeelagh, Inchinabacky, Inishannon, Inishcarra, Inishkenny,
and Island are some of the names given. Note that words may begin with "Inish'
or "Inis" etc... and they stand for the very same place. in records you are
List of Books
Map of County Cork
Ortelius Map of Cork 1576
Ancient Tribal Names Chart
Family Names Map
Ancient Fermoy Map
Old Irish Families
Ancient Families in Keatings History
Settler Families from Abroad
Lost Town of Cork, Maine
Arrival of Ship 'Sirius' at New York
Cork Map circa 1595
The Train Comes to Mallow
Blarney Stone Sheet Music
Families of County Cork
- Cork Families in the Master Book of Irish Surnames
- Cork Names from the Master Book of Irish Placenames
- Index of Death Records
Index of Family Names Found in the Text