I have an Irish great-grandfather, Thomas Gay, about whom There are few data: dob, dom, ch dob., county etc. He settled on dob as 1828 later in life. He married Ellen Feeney sometime in the mid-1850s, place unknown. Her mother was Alice (Morris). Thos & Ellen had four children in Ireland - between 1857 and 1863 - and then six children in Ashland, MA - between 1866 and 1878. They did not seem to follow the 'Irish naming pattern' as the eldest was Mary, rather than Alice. The eldest son was Martin, which might have been the name of Thomas' father, but the second son was Michael. All the known ancestral names were used, though [Thomas, Ellen & Alice]. If you come across the convergence of the three surnames, I'll be happy to learn of it.