Ireland is an island west of Britain which is politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This name generator will produce 15 Random Irish names and surnames. The Republic of Ireland is predominantly populated by nearly 5 million people, while Northern Ireland has fewer than 2 million inhabitants on roughly one-sixth of the Island. It would be understatement to suggest that the two Irelands vary, but their official separation took place approximately 100 years ago. It is not so long in human history, but Ireland has a broad historic legacy, including its language and therefore its names. Many Irish names have been simplified today and are in many cases the same as English counterparts. The official languages of both Irelands are English and Irish, but Irish is secondary to English and only spoken by a relative minority. This generator concentrates on the common names. Check out this name generator if you're after older, more common names.
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Location names in Ireland have long been one of the most popular in Europe. The majority of places in Ireland have an Irish last name, with only a few exceptions. These exceptions are not entirely uncommon; in fact, many of the places in Ireland that have a unique last name actually have more unique names than places elsewhere in the world! But where do these names come from? This is a complicated subject and it is important to understand some of the factors that influence the naming of place names.
The origins of country names in Ireland can be traced to a history which dates back to around the fifth century AD. Many people know of the great Viking raids on Ireland and how they devastated many villages and towns. Some of the towns that were left uninhabited or destroyed have been named to commemorate these great deeds by men who were once in command of Ireland's destiny. The name that was given to these areas was an Irish last name that meant 'settled area', 'countryside' or 'land'.
In recent years, there has been a growth in the number of names for place names in Ireland. It is becoming increasingly popular to give names to the towns and cities of Ireland and this may well have helped to increase the popularity of certain names. The most popular area name in Ireland is Killarney and this is a name given to an area situated near Killarney, in County Kerry. This is a popular name because it is thought to have had significant meaning when it was used during ancient times. In mythology, it is thought that the area was one of great importance; for example, it was said to be the place where a great battle was fought between Odin and Thor. The name Killarney is also linked to the legend of an important woman in Ireland's past. This is known as Lady Bowerdown who was a lover of King David of Ireland.