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Behan Variants. / Distribution of Surname in Ireland

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Behan Variants. / Distribution of Surname in Ireland

Posted: 1220025274000
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When researching a surname I keep a list of variants "handy". With my Behans I look for Behan/Beehan/Beehane/Beahan/Bahan/Bayhan
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I found this site of interest several years ago and noted it. Thought it might of interest to those researching the surname Behan.

http://scripts.ireland.com/ancestor/surname/index.cfm?Surnam....

SURNAME DICTIONARY/ SLOINNTE NA h-EIREANN
Beahan rare: Dublin. Ir. Ó Beacháin. See Behan.
Behan numerous: Leinster & Kerry etc. Ir. Ó Beacháin, perhaps beach = bee. A literary sept of Laois/Offaly, some of whom moved to Kerry in the last two hundred years
Ó Beacháin -Behan, Beegan: líonmhar: Laighin & Ciarraí. Clann léannta i Laois/Uíbh Fhailí gur aistrigh cuid acu go Ciarraí. Tá Beegan i Luimneach & Beagan in Ulaidh. An bhrí: beach bheag, ainm a tabharfaí do leanbh, ach féach Ó Beagáin, leis.

1890 BIRTHS DISTRIBUTION :
Leinster 38
Munster 6
Connacht 1
Ulster 1
MOST COMMON IN COUNTIES
Dublin & Kildare
then...
The table below shows the number of behan households in each county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1848-64.
Carlow 2
Clare 29
Cork 2
Down 3
Dublin 16
Dublin city 10
Galway 6
Kerry 1
Kildare 132
Kilkenny 4
Laois 38
Limerick 9
Limerick city 3
Longford 1
Mayo 4
Meath 2
Offaly 9
Roscommon 1
Tipperary 18
Waterford 4
Westmeath 4
Wexford 11
Wicklow 27



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