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Map Monday - St. Patrick's Day edition

Posted by in Mapping on Monday, March 17, 2014

Screenshot of the "Mapping the Emerald Isle: a geo-genealogy of Irish surnames" map by ESRI

I have a confession to make. Despite my red hair and very Irish last name, I am not Irish by birth. But I can see where my adoptive father’s ancestors likely emigrated from, thanks to this map. (Turns out, the majority of them hailed from the coastal county of Wexford.)

Using data from the 1890 census, two cartographers mapped out what they call the "Geo-Geneology" of Irish surnames. The point, says co-creator Ken Fields, was "to evoke feelings of longing, recollection, and familiarity." To read more about map's design, go here.

So whether you're Irish by birth, adoption, or spirit, you can explore the map by simply typing in a common Irish surname, and seeing where they came from.

  Comments (8)

My family comes from County Down.

Submitted by Rob Coulter on Monday, March 17, 2014


Submitted by Joan (fraser)boisseau on Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Submitted by Shanzy on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It says County Down, but I think my grandfather was actually from Antrim.
They must have moved.

Submitted by Susan Black on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Were do I type my surname?

Submitted by Roz on Thursday, March 17, 2016


Submitted by Ken Lenhart on Thursday, March 17, 2016

It doesn't list Donovan? Wow, that's a pretty common Irish last name, too.

Submitted by Donovan on Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Sheehan's were from County Cork, but where were the Ireland's from? I don't know my grandparent's names. I figure Northern Ireland.

Submitted by Anita Kathleen Maureen Sheehan on Monday, March 21, 2016

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