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Ireland Family History

Ireland Name Meaning
English and Scottish: ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras ‘Irishmen’ + land ‘land’. The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu. The surname is especially common in Liverpool, England, which has a large Irish population.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,877,497 Historical Documents with Ireland on Ancestry.com
279,657 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
36,061 Military Records
27,380 Immigration Records
215,286 Census and Voter Lists
1,319,113 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Ireland Families

  • Number of Ireland families
     157 - 312
     53 - 156
     1 - 52
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ireland families
     779 - 1,556
     260 - 778
     1 - 259
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ireland families
     168 - 333
     57 - 167
     1 - 56
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Ireland census records

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Ireland Family Origin

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Ireland Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Ireland families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Ireland

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Ireland Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Ireland census records

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Ireland Civil War Service Records

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