Last name: Cotter

This is an interesting example of an Old English status name, here from the Middle English word "cotter", a technical term of the feudal system for a serf or bond tenant, a villein who hold a cottage by labour-service rather than by paying rent. The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th Century word "cot", meaning cottage or hut and the term "cotarius" is found in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is also found on the Isle of Man and in County Cork, (Ireland). Here it is an anglicization of the Gaelic "Mac Oitir", Son of Oitir, a personal name from the Old Norse "Otti", fear, or dread and "herr" army. One Garrett Cotter was appointed "secretary and Marshall of the Islands of Nevis, Teago and Mountserrat" in the West Indies in 1678. Interesting namebearers include one George Sackville Cotter (1755-1831) who was educated at Westminster School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1779 and translated "Terence" 1826, and "Platus" 1827; Patrick Cotter (1761-1806) was a bricklayer who exhibited himself as a giant in Great Britain under the name "O'Brien" (1779-1804). His height is sometimes given as eight feet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert le Cotier, which was dated 1198, in the "Sussex Pipe Rolls", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jeff Letson
I have been able to confirm that my family originated from Belfast area and that my name seems to be common, as in the are several Jeff Letson's in the US, and one in Australia. Cannot find further information. Thought maybe you could point out some directions, . Thanks!

Danette Monahan

I am looking for any history regarding the name Monahan. I believe it was originally Monaghan and was changed when my ancestors move to the US from Ireland.

Michalene Lannen

We are searching the the Lann*n's that lived in County Louth from around 1780 until immigration to the US in the 1840's. We have discovered nothing that gives us definitive proof of 'our family'. We know they did come from County Louth as their headstones say Louth. There mothers headstone says she was from the Parish of Proleek ~ County Armagh & that her maiden name was Maguinness [spelled many many different ways]!!!

Michelle Leo
Looking for Surname Kehoe that came from County Cork. I also have Delia Spode and Charles Spode from Donegal as well as the surname McNeely. These are all my Mothers side.

Harriet Myers
Looking for parents of Mary McIntyre. b. 1798 possibly in Tyrone County. d. 27 June, 1878 in Maghereagh, Tyrone, N. Ireland. Married Joseph Alexander b. 1785 Maghereagh, Tyrone ..d.27 May, 1866. They had 6 children. I've found the Alexanders but I cannot find anything about Mary McIntyre. Need help.

Bonnie Lawson
Looking for surname Saylor, not sure what area or what time frame

Looking for John Brett b. 1801 married Ellen/Helen Tierney b. approx 1811who left Ireland approx. 1837-39 for Canada with their son Patrick Brett. We think they may possibly be from Co Carlow.

Jon W. Branstrator
Looking for my great, great grandfather John McNair born 15 October 1800 in Antrim, Ireland; Married to Jane?, died August 1841 Allen County Indiana USA. Immigrated to London, Ontario (date?), then through Detroit, Michigan 05 June 1838 to Allen Co. Indiana. His son Neil (my great grandfather) was born 24 December 1823 in Western Canada (Ontario) and immigrated with his father to Indiana. Neil lost his first wife Eliza Jane Wardle abt.1847, and remarried 13 November 1850 to Sarah R. Pool (born in England). Neil died in Allen County Indiana 13 November 1865 from disease contracted while serving in Alexandria Virginia as a Union U.S. Civil War soldier.

Nancy McManigal
I want to know how to look up a surname. I was told that my ancestors were Viking, and had the name Monagle, at that time. They were supposed to have landed in Northeast Ireland, and we're in a tribe.

Any ideas on where it originated?

New to Irish genealogy - where to start? Also looking for surname, Roney.

Marion Kerr Snyder, Wisconsin, USA
I understand that back in the 1300s my family removed from Scotland to Northern Ireland. Many generations have past marrying Irish and Scot Irish. Could you please help me, my question is am I Scotch Irish or Irish ?

Pierre Harrington, Quebec, Canada
Still looking for a clue to my Irish ancesters under the name Hetherington. My ancester who came to Canada in 1848 was Robert Hetherington married to Mary Hacan, with three sons Henry, Thomas and Robert. Anyone who could help?

John collins from county cork
Any info about the collins name

Jane Moody
My GGGrandmother was a Neill from Schull Parish on the Mizen Peninsula in Ireland. However, in her baptism record in 1810, she is listed as "Base" and her father as William "Base". A local historian told me that large families like Neill often had a nickname attached and that the real name was dropped. The closest word in Gaelic to "Base" that I could find was "béas". No idea if that was the real nickname though. Can you tell me anything more about this? We are sure we have the right woman because the baptism and marriage records line up. Thank you!

Billie Gorman Terry
I'm looking for one of my 4th great grandfather his name was John Gorman came from Ireland his wife was Francis Masterson I would like to know his fathers name and birth date

Margery Malloy Killian
My great great grandfather came to the US in the early 1800's. His name was William Molloy. I am trying to find out wheree he came from. I have been working on this for over 20 years.

Kenneth G. Moren
My family history does not go beyond my great grandfather Rufus Moren which immigrated to the U.S. in the 1800s. The Moren name is listed in the European registry of names as Irish, but I have no idea where they came from in Ireland. I would appreciate any information you may be able to provide. Thank you. KM

Larry Finley
My ggrandfather, James J. Fanley/Finley came from Killyon, County Meath. He was born Aug 15, 1833 and came to the US April 21, 1854. His parents were Thomas J. Fanley and Bridget Loy. Would like to connect with anybody who has connection with his family

Dolores Burton
Robert McAdam B: 1818 co. Mayo Ireland, D: 1868 in Muskingum co. Ohio. Fought in Civil war on Union side . Wife's name was Margaret Carson. M: in Co. Mayo. Any information before Muskingum Co. is needed. .

Agnes Donovan
I want to trace my family heritage and then visit the country. I'm from Australia - I hope you can help me!

Peggy Young
Though the name does not sound Irish my ancestors a few generations back were.The surnames are Byrnes,Finn,Sweeney and possibly Finn. It was my G G grandparents on my maternal side that came from Ireland. Do not understand why it is so important to me to find out why except ... Ireland never leaves you Perhaps somebody can give me an idea where they came from in the 1800's

Karen Baldaacu
Where is William Allen born 1701 or 1726 from?

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