Irish Culture

Naming

  • Irish naming conventions are similar to Australian naming conventions. Most people have a given name, followed by a surname (e.g. Siobhan MURPHY).
  • Some people will have Irish Gaelic given names (e.g. Ciarán O'SULLIVAN), while some given names are anglicised (e.g. Kieran O'SULLIVAN).
  • First names are often chosen to honour an ancestor or to honour a Catholic saint (e.g. Patrick, Peter, Mary, Anne, etc.).
  • Surnames are often patronymic (e.g. MacDonald meaning "son of Donald"), but these are no longer literal and are simply passed down through generations.
  • Children usually take on their father’s surnames.
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