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'Sloinne' is the Gaelic translation for 'Surname', the purpose of this website is to develop a comprehensive on-line database of Irish language surnames and their English versions with the aim of promoting the use of Irish surnames by the general public and in the worldwide Irish diaspora.

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Byrnes
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    1. Descendant of biorn' (the norse personal name bjorn); a variant of Ó beirn, which see. the present is the usual form of the name in the annals; Ó beirn was apparently more common at a later period. there are two distinct families of the name in connacht: (1) Ó birn of siol-muireadhaig. this family first came into prominence as stewards to the o'connors, kings of connacht and sometimes of all ireland. about the middle of the 13th century, they superseded the o'monaghans as chiefs of tir-bhriuin, a beautiful district in co. roscommon, a position which they continued to hold for more than three hundred years. in the year 1570, teig byrne, alias o byrne, was 'the chiefest of tirowyne' (tir-bhriuin), and several gentlemen of the name are mentioned in the fiants of elizabeth. (2) Ó birn of ui fiachrach. this family enjoyed, at the beginning of the 15th century, a considerable estate in co. mayo, a little to the north of ballinrobe, and there were respectable families of the name in that county at the end of the 16th century. o'donovan found the name, under the anglicised form of byrne, in the very district anciently occupied by the family. o'beirne and o'byrne were in use in lecale, co. down, at the beginning of the 17th century, but whether the irish was Ó birn, or Ó broin (which see), i am unable to say, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    2. Descendant of bran' (raven). this family derives its name and descent from bran, son of maolmórdha, king of leinster, whose death at cologne is recorded by the four masters under the year 1052. the original patrimony of the family was ui faolain, which comprised the northern half of the present co. kildare; but they were driven thence by the anglo-normans soon after the invasion, and forced to take refuge in the mountain fastnesses of wicklow, where they became very powerful and were long the terror of the invaders of their ancestral homes. at the head of the wicklow clans, they maintained for a period of three hundred years incessant warfare with the foreigners, whom they defeated in many a fierce engagement. their country, which was called crioch-bhranach, comprised the entire of the barony of newcastle and portions of those of arklow and ballinacor. this last belonged to the gaval-rannall, or ranelagh, a junior branch of the family, which in time became very powerful and of which the celebrated fiach machugh o'byrne was chief in the reign of elizabeth. the name is now very common in leinster, and has spread into many other parts of ireland, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
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