Interesting facts regarding Co. Clare Surnames:
1. Neylon - Comes from the diminutive of the Christian name Niall, thus Niallain. Originally a medical family and advisers to the powerful O'Briens. Their original seat was at Ballyalla and they then spread northwards into the province of Connacht.
2. Studdert - An Anglo-Irish name of one of the best-known families of later times in Co. Clare, believed to have originated there in 1669. The name is derived from the word "studherd," meaning a keeper of horses, and the family has been much associated with sports of all kind in Co. Clare. They also intermarried frequently with the Westropp family.
3. McInerney - (Mac an Airchinnigh) Son of the "erenagh" which means a steward of church lands, a prestigious occupation. One of the principal septs of Thomond. (Thomond in the old days would have represented all of Clare and part of what is now Limerick). It is one of the most numerous names in Co. Clare. In Clare this name is almost pronounced "MacInerkney" - thus giving rise to the name Kinnerk and other variations such as MacKeniry, MacEniry, MacNeir and Kiniry, per "Irish Roots" genealogy publication.