[From Manx Note Book, vol ii, 1886]

Manx Surnames



LOONEY, CONTRACTED FROM O'Luinigh, 'Luinigh's descendant,' (luitineach, armed.')

Gillacrist O'LUINIGH, Lord of Cinel Moen,' A.D. 1090*
The O'LOONEYS were chiefs of Mulntir Loney, in Tyrone.

Compare (Irish) O'LOONEY, LOONEY.

M'LAWNEY [1504], LOWNYE [1540], LOWENY [1602], LOWNIE [1623], LEWNEY [1626], LOONEY [1644], LONEY [1681].

Jurby (vc), Marown, Lezayre, Malew, Santon, Onchan, Lonan (c), elsewhere (u).

* Four Mast., Vol. ll., p. 939.

HOWLAN, from O'Hualaghain, or 0'h-Uallachain, 'Hualagan's descendant.'

Donnell O'HUALAGHAIN, Archbishop of Munster,' A.D. 1182.

In Ireland this name has been anglicised NOLAN and HOLLAND.

HOWLAN [1696], HOWLAND [1702].

Found in Bride formerly, now very uncommon.

BOYD, probably from MacGiolla Buidhe, 'Giolla-bhulde's son,' or the 'yellow-haired youth's son.' (See Note on Giolla under MYLROI).

Conn MacGILLABHUIDHE, Abbot of Mangairid,' A.D. 1100.+

MAKABOY was Archdeacon and Rector of Andreas, A.D. 1270.

MACGILLA BUIDHE, in Ireland, is corrupted into MACGILLA BOY, and then into McAvoy, McEvoy, MACBOYD, and BOYD, though McAvoy and McEvoy are strictly speaking contractions of MACAEDHA BUIDHE..

Aedh, the Yellow's son,' where Buidhe is a mere nickname. 'The name BODDAGH (extinct), which is probably the same name originally as BOYD, has by the middle of the eighteenth century been in every case changed into BOYD, which latter name is still pronounced BODDAGH by a few old Manx people. BODDAGH may, however, be derived from Buadach, 'victorious,' or from the nickname Bodach, meaning 'churl.'

MCOBOY, McBooy, M'BOWYE, BEDAGH [1511], Boy [1611], BOID [1617], BODDAUGH [1671], BOIY [1680]. BODAUGH [1682], BODDAGH [1701], BOYD [1742],

BOYD is not such a common name now as formerly.

Ballaugh, Michael (vc), German, Lezayre (c), elsewhere (u).

+ Four Mast., Vol. ll., p. 965.

CANNON and CANNAN, contracted from Mac Cannanain, 'Cannanan's son,' (ceann-fhionn, 'white head.')

CANANNAN, son of Ceallach Tanist of Ui Ceinnsealaigh,'A.D. 950.*

, From the family of O'CANNANAIN, of Tirconnell, LETTER-KENNY, in Donegal, received its name, which is a shortened form of LETTERCANNANAN, the O'CANNANAN's hill slope.+

Compare (English) CANNING.

MACCANNON [1511], CANNAN [1638], CANNON [1676].

Jurby, Maughold, German, Marown (c), elsewhere (u).

Four Mast., Vol. ll., p. 667.
+ Joyce, Vol. I., p. 140.

CONROY, contracted from O'Miilconry, 'Mulconry's descendant.'

.Maline Bodhar O'MULCONRY took Cluain Bolcain,+A.D. '132.

This name was always uncommon in the Isle of Mann, and is now scarcely found.

CONRAI [1605], CONROI [1617], CUNRIE [1618], CONROY [1670].

In Ireland it is frequently anglicised King.

+ Four Mast., Vol. III., P. 205.

CUDD, contracted from McHud.

McHUD [1675], McHOOD [1711], CUDD [1750].

It is found in Patrick and Lezayre, but is very uncommon.

MACARTHURE [1511] (extinct). The MAcARTHURs are said to be descended from Cormac Cas.

MACCLAGHELEN [1511] extinct, possibly a corruption of MacLoughlin. It is found as late as A.D. 1616.

'Conchobar MACLOCHLAINN, A.D. 1122.'*
[LOUGHLANN, the land of lakes, is the name given by the Irish to Norway.]

*Four Mast., Vol. II., p. 1015.

MACCORRY and MACCURRY, (extinct) contracted from MacComraidhe, 'Comrad's son.'

Ui Mac Uais the most festive here
Have O'COMHRAIDHE at their head.'+

The name O'COMRAIDHE is still extant, but for many centuries reduced to obscurity and poverty. In the sixteenth century, it was anglicised COWRY. It is now more usually CORRY and CURRY.'§

+ O'Dubhagain, p. 13.
§ O'Donovan, P. 43.

MACNAMEER (extinct) from MacNamara, the anglicised form of MacConmara, 'Cumara's son,' (cu-mara, sea-hound.)

'Royal dynast of fine incursions is MACCONMARA, of Mag Adhair. The territories of wealth are his country.+

**'MACCONMARA was defeated,' A.D. '311.

This family derives its name from its ancestor CUMARA, son of Domhnall, who was the 22nd in descent from Cormac Cas.

MACNAMARA [1511], MENANIEER [1610], MENAMEAR [1793], after which date it is not found.

+ O'Donovan, p. 127.
** Four Mast., Vol. II, P. 499.

The name MEARE [1607], MEERE [1621], MEMEER [1698], is probably a further corruption. It was formerly 'common in Jurby.

MACNAMEE [1511] (extinct), a corrupted form of Mac Coiimeadha.

'Amhlaeibe, the son of MACCONMEADHA.'*

It is found as late as 1698. It was always uncommon.

*Four -Mast., Vol. II P. 951.

MACRORY [1511] (extinct), anglicised from MacRuaidhril 'Ruadhri's son,' (ruadh 'red,' righ 'king').

. . . . . MACRUAIDHRI, gentle,

Over Teallach Ainbith, the formidable.'+

+ O'Dubhagain, P. 55.

In Ireland MACRUAIDHRI is now usually anglicised ROGERS.

INNOW [1408], IVENOWE [1417], YVENS [1429], YVENE [1430] (extinct), probably connected with YWAIN, OWEN, EOGHAN.




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