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Cork Surnames

This map (click to enlarge) shows the location where farmers with surnames of Gaelic origin clustered in County Cork in Ireland in 1911. The size of the font indicates the number of farmers with a particular surname; Murphy, MacCarthy, and Sullivan being the most notable. Surprisingly surnames can still be found clustered in the areas in Ireland where they first arose over 1000 years ago. This is due to the fact that Ireland remained (until very recently) an agrarian society with farmland passed from father to son through the generations, and also because of  Irish peoples obsession with land. To understand this obsession I recommend everyone see the film 'The Field' by Jim Sheridan based on a play by John B. Keane. 

English Origenes

Scottish Origenes