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Origins of the Irish surname

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About the Irishs

We have a total number of 11827 records for people with the last name Irish.

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Where do most Irishs live?

In 1921, most Irishs lived in South West.


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Interesting facts about Irishs

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 8,890 records for the Irish surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Irishs most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Millers

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Irishs.

What are the most common Irish first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Irish family members

Common jobs for Irishs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Irishs in 1921
Dressmaker

49

Living On Own Means

29

Housekeeper

25

Domestic Servant

23

General Servant Domestic

23

Common Male occupations for Irishs in 1921
Able Seaman

115

Farmer

57

Mate

52

Agricultural Labourer

41

Carpenter

32

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