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Hourihane and O’Brien families

Hourihane and O’Brien families

Mike Hourihane (View posts)
Posted: 1 Nov 2005 12:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hourihane
Hi
To all Hourihane and O’Brien families I had a email from a lady today who told me that an Irish 'genealogist' told her that all 'Hourihan/e's from West Cork would originally have been 'O'Brien's'. As Hourihan was a 'sept' name -used for a particular branch of O’Brien’s. If this is true and can anyone give me any more details.

Re: Hourihane and O’Brien families

Posted: 1 May 2010 5:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hourihan
Hi,
I live in Liverpool and believe there is a lot of truth in what you say as I was also told by someone that my name derives from Hourihane but obviously someone has dropped the e! I was also told that my family name originates from O'Brien and believe that my family are also from County Cork in Southern Ireland.

I have not researched this further as i have never had the time but would be grateful if you have made progress with this? Maybe you could share your findings?

Re: Hourihane and O’Brien families

Posted: 3 Aug 2016 4:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Mike, don't know if you are still reading this board, but the genealogist who stated this was Nora Hickey. In my trawls through west Cork records, I have found her ideas about agnomens and secondary names to have some veracity.

I am actively researching a Hourihane family right now who might have used the Brien name. See: http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.hourihane/31/mb.ashx

Susan
hourihanedna@pobox.com
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