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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

Similar surnames: Breland, Kirkland, Ryland, Eland, Moreland, Freeland, Harland, Irelan

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Ireland Family Origin

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Ireland Family Occupations

What did your Ireland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ireland. The most common Ireland occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Ireland's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ireland family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Ireland Historical Records

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Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Ireland ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

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Ireland Life Expectancy

What is the average Ireland lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, Ireland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ireland in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ireland


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