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The origins of some Ulster family names.

{note these are NOT in alphabetical order}


Origins in Ulster : Plantation

 A Scottish name from Old English “Huda” a personal name.

The leader of the men of Surrey in AD 853 was “Huda”

Found in Scotland in 1225 in the Moray Firth



Origins in Ulster : Early Plantation c 1615

The Boyds decend from Robert Stewart one of two Norman brothers who founded the Royal Stuart dynasty in Scotland. Robert was known as Robert “buidhe” (Fair haired Robert)  ie Robert Boyd.

Related to the Montgomerys they arrived in Ulster from Kilmarnock when Sir Thomas Boyd of Bedlay was granted 1500 acres of Seein in the Barony of Strabane Co Tyrone.



Origins in Ulster : Plantation

Moffitt more commonly found as Moffatt appears in Ulster in the early 17th century

Originates in the town of Moffat in Annadale Dumfriesshire in 1232

Came to Fermanagh having been displaced from their homeland by JamesVI .

Another branch of this family from Cumberland close to the Scottish borders resettled in Co Monaghan.



Origins in Ulster : Plantation

Scottish, from the personal name Gilbert. From this Gibb then Gibson (son of Gibb)

Found in numbers in and around Menteith in Perthshire.

These families can sometimes also be found as McGibbon or McKibbon.



Origins ; Irish Gaelic

The MacArdles can be found in their homeland of County Monaghan as early as the 12th century.

From the Gaelic Mac Ardghail, from ardghal meaning “a person of high valour”

They are a branch of the McMahons of Oriel.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation

Scottish family name also found as Dixon in England. Common along the Scottish borders . The Dicksons in Ulster derive from the familes who were to be found north of Berwick in the East March. Displaced by James VI during the “pacification” of the borders post 1603 and fled to Fermanagh .

Other Dicksons made their way to Down and Antrim.



 Origins :not known.

May be a corruption of the name Breamage from the old English

“Famous “or Noble” This name was known in the home counties of England in the middle ages.



Origins in Ulster : Plantation

The name Watt is exclusive to Ulster and can be of either Scottish or English origin.

From the old German personal name Walter it was introduced into Britain before the arrival of the Normans. After the Conquest it became a very popular name and was pronounced and written as “Wauter”, hence the abbreviated form of Watt and Wattie.

A very common name in the Scottish Lowlands particularly in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire

In the 19th century it is reported that in one village in Banffshire inhabitated by 300 people no less than 225 had the surname Watt.

Other Watts can be found who derive from an abbreviated form of Watson.



Origins in Ulster :Plantation English

Bunnon is not a name found in its own right and is most likely a form of Bunnion.

Sometimes spelt as Bunan Bunyan or Bunion.

John Bunyan was baptised in 1628 as the son of John Bunnion.

Its origins in Old English refer to a “bunion” or a lump of dough from which it became the nickname for a pastry cook or baker.

The name was known in Bedfordshire.



Origins in Ulster:  Pre Plantation (16th Century)

More properly MacClean. Decendants of the Scottish galloglasses who were brought to the Province by various Irish Lords in the 16th century . The name is originally Scots Gaelic Mac Gille Eoin  “Son of the servant of (St) John”

Were in the service of McDonald, Lord of the Isles and by the 15th century owned a large part of Mull and Tiree as well as extensive lands on Jura, Islay and Scarba.

In the 16th century with the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles these MacCleans hired themselves out as mercenary soldiers. The McCleans who came to Ulster were the McCleans of Duart, brought over initially by the McDonnells of Antrim and later the O’Neills of Tyrone.



 Origins in Ulster: Plantation

Of  Scottish origin from “son of Menzies” {pronounced Minges} a small family from Wigtownshire.

Also found in Kilcudbright and in the Parish of Brogue.


Origins in Ulster:  Old Irish, later Scottish Plantation.

Can be of both Irish and Scottish origin. As with many of the “Gille” names derives from “Servant or devotee of Mary”


The Ulster Gilmores were a very powerful family controlling large territories in the baronies of Antrim Castlereagh and Lecale before the Plantation.  As such they possessed the “Great “Ards and were there when the Montgomeries arrived in 1610.

Would have been considered followers of the O’Neills.

However the name was also common in the Outer Hebrides ,families having settled there originally from Donegal. Gilmore can sometimes be found used by the Morrisons of Lewis and Harris.(also originally from Donegal). The Gilmores and the Morrisons were blood relatives.


Origins in Ulster :  Irish and Plantation Scottish

The name Adam, Hebrew for “red” was very popular in medieval England.

In Scotland were it was also popular it was used as a “pet” name for Aidy and Eadie.

The Aidys and Eadies are part of the clan Gordon.although MacAdams were related to other clans. All this makes the origins of the Tyrone Adams’ obscure as there are also a number of “Irish “ Adams families found in Fermanagh.

In Scotland the name is found almost exclusively as Adam. Colonel James Adam

from Lanarkshire was a Planter who added the “s” in his lifetime.

This “ Adams” family were early settlers in Cavan.


Moore /Muir

Origins in Ulster: English and Scottish Plantation

A very popular and therefore common name in both England and Scotland where it is more readily found as More or Muir.

It was first noted in a variety of places in the early 13th century . There were also Mores of the Clan Leslie and Muirs of the Clan Campbell of Glencoe fame.

The Tyrone Moores are most likely decended from Lanarkshire families of the name

Early 17th century settlers.



Origins in Ulster : Irish Gaelic

 From the Irish Gaelic O’Maolchalann  “son of the devotee of St Calann”

The Mulhollands  claim as their homeland the Parish of Loughinsholin in County Londonderry. Famous as being (together with the Mallons) the keepers of St Patrick’s Bell. They spread rapidly from the 14th century to various corners of Ulster.



Origins in Ulster : Irish Gaelic and Scottish

From the family Connell of Munster. Gaelic O’Conaill  they were driven out of their Kerry homeland by the O’Donaghues in the 11th century.

Connells and McConnells in Ulster can be of this connection however a great many are of Scottish origin from a sept of the MacDonnells of the Glens of Antrim

and therefore a direct branch of the very ancient Clan Donald which can trace its origins back to Roman Britain.


Origins in Ulster: Plantation

 A common name in Tyrone, this family were from the Scottish Borders known for centuries as the “Bellis” of Annandale Dumfriesshire. A very unruly Clan they were broken and scattered by James VI in the decade after 1603

Many members of this Clan made there way to Ulster. Some didn’t make it the whole way and resettled on the island of Islay in the Western Isles where they can still be found in numbers.

Miller also Millar

Origins in Ulster: Scottish and English Plantation

A common name (from the trade) and can be found in both England and Scotland.

As every Burg or Parish had a miller the name sprang up independently in many places.

The spelling “Millar” is preferred in Scotland and can be found there from the 15th century.

John Millar of Renfrewshire was an early Undertaker in the Plantation and settled in the Parish of Magheraboy in County Fermanagh.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation

A metathetic form of the family name Turnbull. Turnbull, becoming Trumbul and so on to Trimble. Janet Trumble appears in Crosiereige in 1674 and John Trimble in Elsrigle Parish of Libbertoun in 1689.

Scottish American writer Robert Black gives a romantic origin for the Turnbull name.

According to tradition he says the name derived from Robert Rule a man who saved the life of King Robert the Bruce by diverting away a ferocious bull about the gore the King to death.

For this act of outstanding bravery he was given the new tithe of Robert “Turnbull”

and a grant to the lands of Bedrule .

Like many similar tales the story may have been made to fit the name rather than the reverse.

The Turnbulls were a turbulent Border Clan and suffered the same fate at the hands of James VI as their troublesome neighbours. It is likely that the Trumbels or Trimbels arrived in Ulster due to this scatterment.


Origins in Ulster Early Plantation 1610

 No less than six of the original fifty Scottish undertakers of the Plantation were Hamiltons. They were granted huge swathes of land in Cavan Armagh Tyrone and Fermanagh. Bringing with them large numbers of their extended family and kinsmen the Hamiton name soon became one of the most commonly found names in Ulster.

 Sir George Hamilton and Claude Hamilton were granted much of  Tyrone taking in the old lands of Art O’Neill centered on the Barony of Strabane. Lord Claude’s family  who later became the Dukes of Abercorn ,settled in Barnscourt, Newtownstewart

The family name derives from Hamilton in Larnarkshire


Origins in Ulster: Plantation

 Kerr also Keir and Kier a Scottish family who homeland was Sterlingshire,

taking their name from the Parish of Keir near Sterling.

Known in that place as early as 1245.

A separate Irish Kerr family of Monaghan origins can be found most often as Carr.

There is no known connection between these two Kerr families.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation

A Scottish family better known as “Gillies” from “Servant of Jesus”

Common in the Hebrides and at one time very numerous in Badenoch.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation

 The name was originally spelt Ap’Corsan and this family were very prominent in Kilcudbrightshire and Dumfriesshire where Cosans were provosts for several generations.

The Carsons arrived in Ulster circa 1625 during the Plantation and can be found in numbers in the 1660’s Hearth Money Rolls. Especially common in Fermanagh.



Origins in Ulster: Irish Gaelic

 The family of Wade are McQuaids, sometimes also spelt as McQuade.

The name originally in Gaelic is found as Mac Uaid , “son of Watt”

And was that of a sept of County Monaghan centered around Ballyglassloch. The origins of this family are obscure but they were known to be associated with the church at Donagh.

The name Wade in County Tyrone can be of these origins but there was also a Scottish MacWade another variant spelling from the same root.

The unusual name MacAragh  which is taken from Wade and McQuaide can be found only in Irvinestown County Fermanagh.



 Origins in Ulster: Native Irish or Scottish Planter

McIvor is also McKeever ,very numerous in both Counties Tyrone and Londonderry.

They can both be of either Irish or Scottish origin

In Monaghan the McKeevers were originally Mac Eimhir “son of Heber”

A favourite forename of the McMahons.

Both the McIvors and McKeevers in Ulster whether of Irish or Scottish stock would have been originally McIvar.

There were McIlvar septs of Clans Campbell Robertson and MacKenzie.

In Dungannon MacKeever and McIvor can both be found together



 Origins in Ulster:  Old Irish

Hughes is among the ten most commonly found names in Tyrone.

Like Hays it is often used as an anglicisation of the old Irish name O’ hAodha “decendant of Hugh”

The Ulster septs of O’ hAodha who anglicised as Hughes were originally found in Ardstraw where they were Lords of Ui Fiachrach.

Also found as McHugh and Hoey even Haughey



Origins in Ulster: Scottish Planter

Another of the “Gille” names. From Gillacrist “Servant of Christ”

The beautiful St Martin’s Cross on Iona was the work of a Gilchrist sculptor.

It bears the insciption in Irish Gaelic “Oriot do Gillacrist doringne t”

“A prayer for Gilchrist who made this cross”

The Gilchrists in Tyrone are though to have originated in both Lanarkshire and Dunfriess.


Benison and Benson

Origins in Ulster: Scottish Planter

Another form of Bennett “son of Benjamin” Patrick Benson was member of Parliament for Perth in 1560. The name as either Benson or Bennet (one t)

was very popular in 17th century Edinburgh.


 Origins in Ulster : English and Scottish Plantation

Ross has possible origins in both Scotland and England.

In the north of Scotland the Clan Ross derives its name from the district of Ross.

The Parish of Tain in Ross was known to have so many families of the name that “nick names” had to be employed to identify them .

In England the name Ross is found in 17th century Yorkshire from the town of Roos .

As regards Tyrone the Scottish connection may be more pertinent as a branch of the Ayrshire De Ros family were important undertakers in the Plantation.


Reed and Reid

Origins in Ulster  English or Scottish Plantation

Reed and Reid is a name readily found in Tyrone.

It can be or several origins Irish Scottish or English.

The Reids of Tyrone however seem to derive from one of the lesser of the riding clans of the Scottish borders from Redesdale in the West March



 Origins in Ulster Plantation

The Whitesides arrived in numbers from Scotland in the early years of the Plantation c 1625 . They can be found both in the 1631 Muster Rolls and the 1666 Hearth Money Rolls in many different Parishes predominantly in County Antrim.

They originate from lands of Whiteside in Lanarkshire.


Ellison / Allison/Alison

Origins in Ulster:  Plantation

Ellison “ son of Ellis”  are a family from Berwickshire. And were certainly living in that place as early as 1296. Other Ellisons may be Ellistons from the lands of Elliston near Bowden in Roxburghshire  This name is sometimes also found as Allison especially in Donegal.



 Origins in Ulster: English Plantation

Jennings is a Breton name coming from “Jenyn” a town in Brittany in France.

It is found in England as Jenyns as early as 1332.

Richard Jennings, a Londoner, is recorded as being “carpenter” to the Drapers Company entrusted with building the first houses in  Moneymore in 1616



Marshall as a family name has been present in Ireland from Medieval times but its present prevalence in Ulster probably stems from post Plantation Scottish settlers.

The name is Norman from the old mareschal  meaning “horse servant” or even farrier (blacksmith) . In Scotland at least it seems the Marshall family have have been of this

occupational name. For this reason Marshalls like Millers can be found in many different locations.

Some of the Marshalls of the Plantation however came from two places,Kelso and Glasgow.


Origins in Ulster:  Scottish Plantation

The name is Scottish and more properly MacRobb or McRabb from Robb the Scottish pet name for Robert.

Also sometimes found as McCrabb

The MacRobbs of Duror in Argyll were a sept of the Stewarts of Appinn.

Other MacRobbs of Callander and Kilmadock in Perthshire were also early settlers.


Origins in Ulster: Scottish Plantation

 Gilkinson is an abbreviation of the name Gilchristson the anglicized form of MacGilchrist (grandson of Gilchrist)

This family held lands in Murthly in Atholl in 1466 but was also commonly found in and around Glasgow in 1600. Yet more Gilchristsons appear in the 17th century records of Lanark.


Simmington (Symington)

Origins in Ulster : Scottish Plantation

There is a village and Parish of name Symington in the Kyle district of Ayrshire,

However the old family of Symington derive from Symington in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire. Simon Loccard fore runner of the Lockharts of Lee held both places under the Stewarts in the latter part of the 12th century. In 1315 King Robert 1 confirmed on Thomas (Dickson) son of Richard the barony of “Symundestone” in Lanark

This Thomas is the first of the Symington name.


Origins in Ulster :Scottish Plantation

One of the fours most common names in Fermanagh in 1700

The exact origins of this family are complicated when one takes into account the large numbers of both Irish and Scottish septs who share the names Johnston and Johnson.

However the Fermanagh South Tyrone Johnstons were of the Scottish border reiver family of that name.

In Scotland the Johnston name also has a number of origins. The city of Perth for instance was often called St Johnston and families took their name from that. Another was the lands of Jonystoun in East Lothian .

By far the largest and most important of these families were the Johnstons of Annandale in Dumfriesshire ,one of the great riding clans of the Scottish Borders. It is this family,scattered by James VI who are the source of most of the “true” Ulster Johnstons. Their ferocity (they were known as “The gentle Johnstons)  made it possible for them together with their former fellow border reivers neighbours the Elliotts and the Armstrongs, to survive the 1641 rebellion which drove out other more faint hearted families.



Origins in Ulster :Scottish Plantation

From the trade “fletcher” the man who fitted the fights to arrows, though not an old Scottish family they did appear in early Scottish records in Roxburgh as early as 1338.

They can be found in various muster rolls (1631) and would appear to be from Ayr and Ayrshire.


Geddes Geddis

 Origins in Ulster: Scottish Plantation

The Geddes were an old Scottish family of territorial origin from the lands of Geddes in Nairnshire. The family of Geddes of Rachan Pebblesshire were an official offshoot of this family. The Geddes produced many churchmen and scholars some very noteworthy..

William Geddes ,son and heir of Charles Geddes, was murdered by the Tweedies

in 1558 and thus began a long and bitter feud between the two families.

On 29th December 1592 James Geddes “of Glenhigton” also fell victim to the treachery of the Tweedies in Edinburgh.

By 1620  many of the Geddes had joined the exodus to Ulster.

Summerville Sommerville

Origins in Ulster: Scottish Plantation.

Summerville aka. Sommerville take their family name from a town near Caen in Normandy. William de Somerville was the first of the name in Scotland when he came in the train of King David 1 and received lands in Lanarkshire,where the family settled and remained.

There were five William Somervilles in succession the last dying in 1282.

Also known in Linton in Roxburghshire, where one of the aforementioned William’s received another land grant.

 Were early planters in Fermanagh.


 Origins in Ulster :Scottish Plantation

 Common in Fermanagh since the Plantation this family can be of either English or Scottish extraction.

An English family of the name settled in East Lothian in the 12th century and the name spead to Dumbartonshire. The Nobles of Straithnairn ,near Inverness and Strathdean in Nairnshire were a sept of Clan McIntosh.

The Nobles, as mentioned before in the case of other Fermanagh planters lived on the English side of the West March of the Scottish Borders.

Like their compatriats the Nobles were scattered by James and fled to Fermanagh to rejoin the Elliotts, Armstrongs and Johnstons.

Though most in Fermanagh, South Tyrone would be of this origin at least one prominent family claims decent from a settler from Cornwall.


 Montgomery {French Norman Montgomerie}

Origins in Ulster : Among the first planter families.c 1610

This Scottish family decend from the family of Roger de Montgomerie a French Norman whose home was Sainte Foi de Montgomerie in the Lisieux district of Normandy.

A prominent partaker in the 1066 conquest the family soon became very powerful in England.

The first in Scotland was Robert de Mundegumri died 1177 who was granted Eaglesham in Renfrewshire. Cousins to the Eaglesham Montgomeries were the Montgomeries of Braidstone in Ayreshire.

Sir Hugh Montgomerie of Briadstone ,an advisor to James VI aquired half of the O’Neill lands which included parts of Ards and also lands in the Parish of Enniskillen.

On their arrival in Ireland these families took the name Montgomery.



Origins in Ulster: Irish then Scottish Plantation.

 The Morrisons were a Donegal family the O’Morrisons,from Clonmany in Inishowen, who migrated from Donegal to settle in the Scottish Isles in the 15/16th century.

The Morrisons of Lewis and Harris,kinsmen of the McLeods, had for years fought a bitter feud with their neighbours the McAuleys of Lewis over water rights.

In a famous “show down” the Morrisons were all but wiped out by the McAuleys, the survivors escaping in a few long boats to Rathlin Island. Here they regrouped and made their way back to Ulster to co-incide with the start of the Plantation of 1607 in which their kinsmen the Gilmores were also partaking. Many Morrisons choose to settle in Fermanagh where the watery landscape best suited the old skills they had learned in the Western Isles.


Origins in Ulster : probably English Cromwellian.

Although there is confusion between the Farleys of Blackwatertown and the Irish Farrelly family ,a Breffny family whose territory was in the barony of Loughter in County Cavan ,it seems these Blackwater “Farleys “were in fact Fairleys a family of English adventurers who had arrived in Ireland with Cromwell.

Just where these Fairleys came from in England is difficult to say.


Origins in Ulster: Early Plantation.

The Loves arrived as tenants of the Hamiltons of Barnscourt in Newtownstewart.{Abercorn Estate}

Many can be found in the 1631 muster rolls in Ardstraw and Castlederg

The family has it’s origins in the lowlands of Scotland where it is most common in Paisley and Glasgow. A well known Ayrshire Covenanter family of MacKinvens who were given refuge in Kintyre changed their names to Love.

Campbeltown poet Angus Keith MacKinvern.who died at the battle of the Somme used the pen name A. K. Love.



 Origins in Ulster Early Plantation c 1620.  Very common Protestant name in Ulster

 Andrew Stewart Lord Ochiltree of Ayreshire was one of the nine Scottish chief undertakers of the Plantation and was granted lands at Mountjoy in Tyrone.

His grandson Sir William Stewart was created Lord Mountjoy in 1682.

Stewartstown is named after him



Origins  Old English

A place name from a number of English villages in various shires.

Early bearers of the name: Gladwin de Cumtuna 1167-1175 ,

Nicholas de Cumpton 1263 and Richard Compton 1376



Origins old English

Dowling as actually “Dolling” from old English “The dull one”

Early mention of the name is William Dolling 1243 in Nottinghamshire.



Totten is a name found primarily in Ulster in and around Glenavey and Ballinderry in South County Antrim.  It is thouight that the first plantation settlers may have been either Tuten or Teuton as no family name Totten is known outside of Ulster.

Teutons are found in the 1659 civil survey again in South Antrim.

 Later generations of  Tutens of Aghagallon were employed on the Estate of Lord Conway as gamekeepers and gardeners.

The name may also come from Totman or Tottenham which in old English refers to a watchman or look out man.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation Scottish

The surname derives from the old English personal name Arcebald, Arcenbald or even Ercenbald meaning either “right bold” or “holy prince”

The first of the name in Scotland was Archebaldus filius Swani de Forgrunde in the reign of William the Lion.

George Frazer Black states and he is probably correct that Archibald was adopted by the Scots as a Lowland eqivilant of Gillespie because they mistakenly assumed that _bald refered to hairless or clean shaven and therefore to the Gaelic “Gille” meaning a servant or monk

The Ulster Archibalds are thought to have originated in Dumfries.



Origins in Ulster Plantation Scottish

Blackburn is from one or several places so named in Scotland’s Lowlands  including Berwickshire, Sterlingshire, and Edinburgh. As a name in Ulster many Blackburns claim the Sterlingshire decent


Davidson (also Davison)

 Origins in Ulster: Plantation Scottish

 The name in Ulster stems almost entirely from the Clan Davidson

From the Hebrew “Dawidh” meaning “beloved one” (David) we get simply “son of David” while Davison means “son of Davy” The Clan Davidson decend from David Dhu fourth son of Muiriach of Kingussie chief of Clan Chattan. The Davidsons were part of the great Clan Chattan federation and as a part of this fought as the Clan Kay against the McPhersons at the celebrated battle of North Inch at Perth in 1396

Of the thirty warriors from each side selected to fight in single combat only one Davidson survived by climbing the enclosure and swimming the River Tay. The Davidsons and McPhersons remained at feud thereafter.

The main families were of Cantray in Inverness-shire and of Tullock in Perthshire.

Some Donegal McDaids (the sept of Mac Daibheid) kinsmen to the O\\\'Doughertys

anglicised to Davison in that County and also in Tyrone and Derry.


Ford or Forde

Origins : Early anglo Irish or post plantation

The name in Ireland is common in Galway Cork Mayo and Dublin but less so in Ulster. In England and Scotland the name sprang up in many places independently as it denoted “one who lived by a ford or river crossing”

Englishmen of the name began appearing in Ireland from the 14th century and one Forde family of Devonshire managed to become substantial landlords in Meath.

Some in Tyrone may decend from such families or from later post plantation families.

Forde has been widely used in the anglicisation of several native Irish families

including Mac Giolla na Naomh  which in Tyrone became Ford, Agnew, Gildernew and even Macaneave



Origins in Ulster : Plantation

Hayes is an English name from the old English heag “dweller by an enclosure”

It can also mean “high” or “tall”

It is in Ireland a variant of the Norman name de la Haye . Many in Ulster are of English stock

However there is also an Irish name O’ hAodha “decendant of Hugh” which in County Armagh especially around Keady which has been anglicised as Hayes and even Haffy and Mehaffy. The Scottish border family of Hoy has also been recorded as Hayes



 Origins in Ulster : Scottish Plantaion

Irwin in Ulster is very often confused with Irvine especially in Fermanagh.

This may be due to the fact that both the Irwins and the Irvines arrived in Ulster about the same time (1630) from the same part of Dumfriesshire with both settling in Fermanagh, South Tyrone

The name can sometimes be found as Erwin but this is mainly in Antrim.



 Origins in Ulster :Plantation Scottish

 From the town of the same name in Roxburghshire. About the year 1200 Arnald son of Peter of Kelso gifted lands to the monks of Kelso Abbey. The name was also found pre plantation in Brute (from where a great many settler families came) and on Arran Island



(Scottish Kelly as opposed to Irish O\\\'Kelly)

From the lands of Kelly near Arbroath in Angus. There is another Kellie near to Pittenweem in Fife. But all references point to Arbroath as the source of the surname.

John De Kelly was Abbot of Arbroath in 1373.

There was another 16th century Kelly family among the border rievers scattered by James VI who were located in Berwickshire and the surname is also found in Galloway as MacKelly



Origins in Ulster : Scottish Plantation

 The first appearance of a Kennedy in Galloway can be found in the Annals of Ulster

but this is a mistake. Suibhne mac Cinaeda ri Gallgaidhel modernised as MacCinaeda is in fact not Kennedy as supposed but McKenna.

The earliest Kennedy recorded in Scotland is Gilbert mac Kenedi who witnessed an agreement concerning the gift of the lands of Carric to the Abbey of Melrose early in the reign of King William the Lion.

Henry Kennedy is named in 1185 as being one of the instigators of rebellion in Galloway.

The propondrance of the name in Galloway is reflected in the poem by Symon c 1660

“Twixt Wigton and the town of Air

Portpatrick and the Cruives of Cree

No man needs think for to bide there

Unless he court with Kennedie”


Kilpatrick Kirkpatrick

 Origins in Ulster : Scottish Plantation

 The name Kilpatrick often translated as “servant of Patrick” is of local origin from one or more places so named.

Stevene de Kilpatric del counte is found in Dunfreiss in 1296

Many of the Kilpatricks of Ulster especially in Fermanagh and Tyrone derive from East or West Kilpatrick in Dumbartonshire



Also found as Legat,Leggatt, and Ligatt

There are two possible origins of this name. Probably from the old English personal name Leodgeard  or from the office of “legate” an ambassador, a delegate etc.

Adam Legate rendered his accounts to the Bailie of Sterling in 1406 and later became a burgess of the same town.

The Leggat name continued to have strong connections with Sterling right up to 1600



Origins in Ulster Scottish Plantation

From the personal name possibly from Saint Martin,it is the name of a once great family of  East Lothian

Abraham Martin of this family (died 1664) was the first king’s pilot on the St Lawrence River Canada and the Plains of Abraham the scene of the battle of 1759 were named from the grant of land he received in 1617.

The Martins were early settlers in South Tyrone in the Ulster Plantation.


Macilmurry more properly Macilmorie

Macilmorie is from the Scottish Gaelic Macgiolla Mhuire  The family as either M’Ilmorie or M’Kilmorie were found in Rothesay in medieval times.

It is likely the Macilmories who settled in Ulster were actually Macilmorrows from Ballantrae Parish where the name was also found as McElmurro, McElmurre and Macilmurry around 1600.



Origins in Ulster : Plantation

MaKittrick is from MacKettrick a family name widely found in Galloway.

In Gaelic it is spelled Mac Shitrig “ son of Sitric” or “Sitrig” meaning “true victory”

The Annals of Ulster record that in the year 892 there was great confusion among the Norse men when “Sitriucc son of Imhar” was slain by another Norseman.

This is the earliest sighting of  the namw which later was to evolve as McKittrick.



Also Rainy and Rannie and Rennie

 Origins in Ulster  : Plantation Scottish

Rainey and the variant spellings are pet forms of Reynold a spoken form of Reginald.

The Raineys and Rennys were extensive land owners in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the 15th century. The family can also be found in Stirling, Dunfreiss, and East Lothian.



Origins in Ulster  : Plantation Scottish

The Ramsays are reputed to have originated in Huntingdonshire where Ramsay is a local name .The first to be recorded in Scotland is Simund de Ramesie

(Simon of Ramsay) who is found in Livingstone in 1153

By the middle of the 13th century the Ramsays are appearing as landowners in Angus.

Hopper Happer

This name is explained by several experts as being “hopper” from a dancer who performed at county fairs.

Robert Hopper received an acre of land in the territory of Coldingham in 1275

The same man was also associated with the Abbey of Coldstream

The Hopper family are still found in Coldingham in 1593 just some 20 years before the Plantation so this may be the origins of the Ulster Hopper family.



Origins in Ulster: Plantation Scottish.

The name is actually Vans a corruption of Vaus and they are an old family of Barnbarroch in Wigtownshire. Also found in Stranraer.

A number of Vans and Vaus names can be found in early Plantation land grants especially in County Donegal.



Origins in Ulster :  Plantation Scottish

Watson is “son of Walter” from which we also get the family name Watt.

Sir Donald Walteri a presbyter in the diocese of Moray in 1493 is found later as Sir Donald Watsone.

Walter Watson burgess of Dumbarton was a landowner there in 1494 and a long succession of Dumbarton bailies, provosts and other town officers decend from him.

In the 16th and 17th century the name was common throughout the Lowlands of Scotland . Some Highland MacWatts translated their name to Watson.

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