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Surname Distribution
in Ballyferriter Catholic Parish
1834-1835

W.J. Mansfield

This information is part of the website Ballyferriter Genealogy created by W.J. Mansfield, former contact neriezpas@yahoo.com. It was originally posted at www.geocities.com.wstub.archive.org/Athens/Ithaca/7974/Ballyferriter/, but Geocities shut down and the page could not be found on another active Internet site. The Kerry site administrator decided to host Mansfield's pages here because of its value to the genealogical community. They were retrieved in February, 2010 from web.archive.org/web/20050509215938/www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/7974/Ballyferriter/ and edited to Kerry website format and information already on the Kerry site. Some original sections are not included.

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This is a survey of the distribution of surnames within the Catholic parish of Ballyferriter, County Kerry. The figures given are based on the results of a religious census which was taken by Father Casey in 1834 or 1835. This census, one of the few to survive, lists the heads of household living in each town and parish, as well as the number of males and females in each residence.

By assuming, for the purpose of estimation, that the persons within each residence have the same surname as the householder, one can make several general observations about the relative frequency and geographical distribution of each surname.

Under the previous assumption, here is the total number of persons of each surname within each parish:

Surname Dunquin Dunurlin Marhin Kilmalkedar Kilquane TOTAL
Aherin 10 0 0 0 0 10
Ash 5 0 14 35 5 59
Baker 4 5 0 49 0 58
Barry 5 0 0 0 0 5
Begley 3 47 2 6 124 182
Bell 0 0 0 3 0 3
Boland 21 8 9 32 0 70
Bowler 7 99 4 15 15 140
Brick 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brien (O') 21 0 5 32 22 80
Brosnahan 5 0 0 9 13 27
Brown 4 19 13 8 15 59
Cahalane 0 0 0 18 12 30
Calan 0 0 0 2 0 2
Callaghan 0 0 0 0 33 33
Carney 9 0 0 0 0 9
Carthy (Mc) 0 2 0 0 0 2
Casey 0 0 0 6 0 6
Chenoweth 0 7 0 0 0 7
Cleary 0 0 0 9 0 9
Clifford 0 0 0 6 0 6
Collins 0 0 0 17 0 17
Connell (O') 11 77 26 30 4 148
Connor 76 57 47 173 158 511
Costello 6 5 0 0 0 11
Coughlan 0 0 0 13 0 13
Counihan 10 0 0 0 0 10
Crean 0 0 0 9 8 17
Crohan (Mc) 41 0 5 5 37 88
Curran 0 10 9 22 68 109
Daly 56 0 0 0 0 56
Daniel 0 0 0 8 0 8
Davis 0 0 0 3 0 3
Deady 0 0 0 14 33 47
Devane 17 22 12 27 0 78
Dinneen 0 0 0 0 2 2
Donnell (Mc, O') 0 44 62 27 6 139
Donohy 0 6 0 20 0 26
Doody 0 0 4 26 0 30
Duhig 0 0 0 0 1 1
Dunlea 9 0 0 14 0 23
Dunleavy 0 0 0 2 0 2
Elligott (Mc) 0 0 0 6 0 6
Falay 0 0 0 7 0 7
Farrell 6 0 0 4 9 19
Feneighty 16 14 0 15 0 45
Ferris 0 0 16 22 0 38
Ferriter 0 54 5 0 0 59
Finegan 0 0 18 4 0 22
Finerty 0 6 0 0 0 6
Finn 0 0 0 10 0 10
Fitzgerald 42 113 99 188 192 634
Flaherty 26 19 29 6 3 83
Flahive 0 0 6 0 5 11
Foley 4 27 0 2 0 33
Francis 0 0 0 0 22 22
Gallivan 0 0 0 3 0 3
Garvey 30 36 43 18 53 180
Gloster 0 0 0 54 9 63
Goggin 0 0 11 0 0 11
Gorman 0 0 0 36 17 53
Grady 0 0 0 4 14 18
Granfield 0 53 0 15 15 83
Griffin 0 0 0 21 57 78
Grimmell 0 0 0 11 0 11
Gubbins 0 2 0 0 0 2
Guiheen 72 5 8 0 22 107
Gurnet 0 0 0 5 0 5
Hannafin 17 62 6 9 8 102
Harrington 0 0 6 2 9 17
Heller 0 0 0 19 0 19
Hickson 0 8 0 0 0 8
Higgins 0 11 0 0 2 13
Hill 0 4 0 4 0 8
Hir 0 0 0 12 0 12
Hoare 0 27 0 0 5 32
Hoolahan 15 19 25 13 26 98
Horgan 0 0 0 17 4 21
Hurley 0 0 0 12 0 12
Hussey 0 0 0 9 0 9
Hyde 0 0 0 5 0 5
Jane 8 0 0 0 0 8
Johncock 0 6 0 0 0 6
Johnson 0 15 0 21 43 79
Kane 17 21 0 4 10 52
Kavanagh (Keavane) 111 138 0 42 15 306
Keating 9 22 0 0 0 31
Keeffe 0 11 6 0 6 23
Kelliher 0 5 12 20 1 38
Kelly 0 0 0 6 0 6
Kenna (Mc) 0 0 13 0 0 13
Kennedy 23 18 56 71 43 211
Lander 12 71 0 11 4 98
Leahy 25 0 0 6 64 95
Leary 0 0 0 0 4 4
Lee (O') 0 0 0 0 25 25
Long 39 22 34 12 0 107
Lovett 0 5 2 37 0 44
Lucitt 0 0 13 0 0 13
Lynch 0 0 11 39 7 57
Lyne 13 54 10 0 5 82
Mahon (Mc) 0 0 0 15 0 15
Mahony 0 0 0 14 0 14
Malone 35 7 13 8 5 68
Manning 35 199 82 0 0 316
Mansfield (Mansell) 0 10 5 47 0 62
Martin 0 0 6 39 17 62
Mitchell 48 14 0 0 5 67
Moore 28 20 6 15 53 122
Moran 21 0 11 68 31 131
Moriarty 82 207 63 128 219 699
Moynahan 0 0 10 19 9 38
Murphy 39 8 3 49 32 131
Nehaly 0 0 0 0 14 14
Nehan 0 0 0 13 0 13
Neill (O') 0 0 0 0 17 17
Neligan 4 0 4 0 0 8
Pindy 0 11 0 0 0 11
Quinn 0 0 0 0 11 11
Ray 0 0 0 0 8 8
Regan 0 5 0 0 0 5
Rourke 0 0 0 22 0 22
Rowney 0 0 0 7 0 7
Russell 0 0 0 45 0 45
Scanlan 0 21 0 0 49 70
Sears 12 17 9 20 0 58
Shea 81 87 3 172 66 409
Sheehan 0 8 0 0 0 8
Sheehy 39 0 8 22 5 74
Shoughrue 0 0 6 12 0 18
Stack 0 10 0 0 52 62
Stoat 4 0 0 0 0 4
Stritton 0 0 0 7 0 7
Sullivan 35 129 117 142 119 542
Tailor 0 0 0 8 0 8
Thomas 0 3 8 41 0 52
Thompson 0 2 0 0 0 2
Walker 0 0 0 28 6 34
Walsh 0 15 5 82 54 156
Ward 0 3 0 10 0 13
Webb 0 0 8 0 0 8
Williams 0 5 0 0 0 5
Wren 0 8 0 0 0 8
TOTAL 1268 2045 1008 2475 2028 8824

Using the above data, the percentage of persons in each parish with a given surname can be calculated. Here, as elsewhere, the parishes are listed left-to-right, southwest-to-northeast:

Surname Dunquin Dunurlin Marhin Kilmalkedar Kilquane TOTAL RANK
Aherin0.79%0.11%100
Ash0.39%1.39%1.41%0.25%0.67%42
Baker0.32%0.24%1.98%0.66%45
Barry0.39%0.06%126
Begley0.24%2.30%0.20%0.24%6.11%2.06%9
Bell0.12%0.03%133
Boland1.66%0.39%0.89%1.29%0.79%34
Bowler0.55%4.84%0.40%0.61%0.74%1.59%13
Brick0.05%0.01%142
Brien (O')1.66%0.50%1.29%1.08%0.91%29
Brosnahan0.39%0.36%0.64%0.31%66
Brown0.32%0.93%1.29%0.32%0.74%0.67%42
Cahalane0.73%0.59%0.34%64
Calan0.08%0.02%136
Callaghan1.63%0.37%60
Carney0.71%0.10%103
Carthy (Mc)0.10%0.02%136
Casey0.24%0.07%120
Chenoweth0.34%0.08%116
Cleary0.36%0.10%103
Clifford0.24%0.07%120
Collins0.69%0.19%79
Connell (O')0.87%3.77%2.58%1.21%0.20%1.68%12
Connor5.99%2.79%4.66%6.99%7.79%5.79%4
Costello0.47%0.24%0.12%94
Coughlan0.53%0.15%86
Counihan0.79%0.11%100
Crean0.36%0.39%0.19%79
Crohan (Mc)3.23%0.50%0.20%1.82%1.00%25
Curran0.49%0.89%0.89%3.35%1.24%18
Daly4.42%0.63%48
Daniel0.32%0.09%106
Davis0.12%0.03%133
Deady0.57%1.63%0.53%52
Devane1.34%1.08%1.19%1.09%0.88%31
Dinneen0.10%0.02%136
Donnell (Mc, O')2.15%6.15%1.09%0.30%1.58%14
Donohy0.29%0.81%0.29%67
Doody0.40%1.05%0.34%64
Duhig0.05%0.01%142
Dunlea0.71%0.57%0.26%69
Dunleavy0.08%0.02%136
Elligott (Mc)0.24%0.07%120
Falay0.28%0.08%116
Farrell0.47%0.16%0.44%0.22%75
Feneighty1.26%0.68%0.61%0.51%53
Ferris1.59%0.89%0.43%56
Ferriter2.64%0.50%0.67%42
Finegan1.79%0.16%0.25%71
Finerty0.29%0.07%120
Finn0.40%0.11%100
Fitzgerald3.31%5.53%9.82%7.60%9.47%7.18%2
Flaherty2.05%0.93%2.88%0.24%0.15%0.94%26
Flahive0.60%0.25%0.12%94
Foley0.32%1.32%0.08%0.37%60
Francis1.08%0.25%71
Gallivan0.12%0.03%133
Garvey2.37%1.76%4.27%0.73%2.61%2.04%10
Gloster2.18%0.44%0.71%38
Goggin1.09%0.12%94
Gorman1.45%0.84%0.60%49
Grady0.16%0.69%0.20%77
Granfield2.59%0.61%0.74%0.94%26
Griffin0.85%2.81%0.88%31
Grimmell0.44%0.12%94
Gubbins0.10%0.02%136
Guiheen5.68%0.24%0.79%1.08%1.21%19
Gurnet0.20%0.06%126
Hannafin1.34%3.03%0.60%0.36%0.39%1.16%21
Harrington0.60%0.08%0.44%0.19%79
Heller0.77%0.22%75
Hickson0.39%0.09%106
Higgins0.54%0.10%0.15%86
Hill0.20%0.16%0.09%106
Hir0.48%0.14%92
Hoare1.32%0.25%0.36%62
Hoolahan1.18%0.93%2.48%0.53%1.28%1.11%22
Horgan0.69%0.20%0.24%74
Hurley0.48%0.14%92
Hussey0.36%0.10%103
Hyde0.20%0.06%126
Jane0.63%0.09%106
Johncock0.29%0.07%120
Johnson0.73%0.85%2.12%0.90%30
Kane1.34%1.03%0.16%0.49%0.59%50
Kavanagh (Keavane)8.75%6.75%1.70%0.74%3.47%7
Keating0.71%1.08%0.35%63
Keeffe0.54%0.60%0.30%0.26%69
Kelliher0.24%1.19%0.81%0.05%0.43%56
Kelly0.24%0.07%120
Kenna (Mc)1.29%0.15%86
Kennedy1.81%0.88%5.56%2.87%2.12%2.39%8
Lander0.95%3.47%0.44%0.20%1.11%22
Leahy1.97%0.24%3.16%1.08%24
Leary0.20%0.05%131
Lee (O')1.23%0.28%68
Long3.08%1.08%3.37%0.48%1.21%19
Lovett0.24%0.20%1.49%0.50%55
Lucitt1.29%0.15%86
Lynch1.09%1.58%0.35%0.65%47
Lyne1.03%2.64%0.99%0.25%0.93%28
Mahon (Mc)0.61%0.17%83
Mahony0.57%0.16%84
Malone2.76%0.34%1.29%0.32%0.25%0.77%36
Manning2.76%9.73%8.13%3.58%6
Mansfield (Mansell)0.49%0.50%1.90%0.70%39
Martin0.60%1.58%0.84%0.70%39
Mitchell3.79%0.68%0.25%0.76%37
Moore2.21%0.98%0.60%0.61%2.61%1.38%17
Moran1.66%1.09%2.75%1.53%1.48%15
Moriarty6.47%10.12%6.25%5.17%10.80%7.92%1
Moynahan0.99%0.77%0.44%0.43%56
Murphy3.08%0.39%0.30%1.98%1.58%1.48%15
Nehaly0.69%0.16%84
Nehan0.53%0.15%86
Neill (O')0.84%0.19%79
Neligan0.32%0.40%0.09%106
Pindy0.54%0.12%94
Quinn0.54%0.12%94
Ray0.39%0.09%106
Regan0.24%0.06%126
Rourke0.89%0.25%71
Rowney0.28%0.08%116
Russell1.82%0.51%53
Scanlan1.03%2.42%0.79%34
Sears0.95%0.83%0.89%0.81%0.66%45
Shea6.39%4.25%0.30%6.95%3.25%4.64%5
Sheehan0.39%0.09%106
Sheehy3.08%0.79%0.89%0.25%0.84%33
Shoughrue0.60%0.48%0.20%77
Stack0.49%2.56%0.70%39
Stoat0.32%0.05%131
Stritton0.28%0.08%116
Sullivan2.76%6.31%11.61%5.74%5.87%6.14%3
Tailor0.32%0.09%106
Thomas0.15%0.79%1.66%0.59%50
Thompson0.10%0.02%136
Walker1.13%0.30%0.39%59
Walsh0.73%0.50%3.31%2.66%1.77%11
Ward0.15%0.40%0.15%86
Webb0.79%0.09%106
Williams0.24%0.06%126
Wren0.39%0.09%106
TOTAL100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%

(A similar table, showing the percentages of persons with each surname residing in each parish is available here.)

Clearly, each surname had its own geographical distribution. Here are the most frequent surnames for each parish, where the surnames listed represent roughly 50% of the population of the parish: (Full-length tables for each parish are also available.)

Dunquin
RankOverallSurnameNum%
17Kavanagh (Keavane)1118.75%
21Moriarty826.47%
35Shea816.39%
44Connor765.99%
519Guiheen725.68%
648Daly564.42%
737Mitchell483.79%
82Fitzgerald423.31%
925Crohan (Mc)413.23%
1019Long393.08%
1015Murphy393.08%
1033Sheehy393.08%

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Dunurlin
RankOverallSurnameNum%
11Moriarty20710.12%
26Manning1999.73%
37Kavanagh (Keavane)1386.75%
43Sullivan1296.31%
52Fitzgerald1135.53%
613Bowler994.84%
75Shea874.25%
812Connell (O')773.77%

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Marhin
RankOverallSurnameNum%
13Sullivan11711.61%
22Fitzgerald999.82%
36Manning828.13%
41Moriarty636.25%
514Donnell (Mc, O')626.15%
68Kennedy565.56%
74Connor474.66%

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Kilmalkedar
RankOverallSurnameNum%
12Fitzgerald1887.60%
24Connor1736.99%
35Shea1726.95%
43Sullivan1425.74%
51Moriarty1285.17%
611Walsh823.31%
78Kennedy712.87%
815Moran682.75%
938Gloster542.18%
1045Baker491.98%
1015Murphy491.98%
1239Mansfield (Mansell)471.90%
1353Russell451.82%

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Kilquane
RankOverallSurnameNum%
11Moriarty21910.80%
22Fitzgerald1929.47%
34Connor1587.79%
49Begley1246.11%
53Sullivan1195.87%
618Curran683.35%
75Shea663.25%
824Leahy643.16%
931Griffin572.81%

The most frequently-occurring surnames in Ballyferriter Catholic Parish are listed below. About one half of the entire population shared the following thirteen surnames: (Full-length table)

OverallSurnameNum%
1Moriarty6997.92%
2Fitzgerald6347.18%
3Sullivan5426.14%
4Connor5115.79%
5Shea4094.64%
6Manning3163.58%
7Kavanagh (Keavane)3063.47%
8Kennedy2112.39%
9Begley1822.06%
10Garvey1802.04%
11Walsh1561.77%
12Connell (O')1481.68%
13Bowler1401.59%

Source

Pádraig de brún, "a census of the parish of Ferriter, January 1835", Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, No. 7, 1974, pp. 37-70.