CLAN McGRAT

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THE MULTILINGUAL ORIGINS OF MEDIEVAL IRISH SURNAMES (DR CATHY SWIFT) Add Video

Surnames came into widespread use in Ireland at a time where five vernacular languages were in operation ? Irish, English, Norse, Welsh and Norman French. The processes through which surnames were adopted are only gradually being investigated but they appear to have emerged in a context when five major ethnic groups were interacting on Irish soil. This lecture attempts to investigate this evidence with particular reference to the English language surnames of medieval Ireland and the evidence which they provide for the nature of the Anglo-Norman colony in Ireland and its interaction with its Gaelic speaking neighbours

Posted by Clan McGrath on February 19, 2016 at 9:10 AM 471 Views

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