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by Paul Tempan
"The following survey traces the development of Gaelic names through history. These are examined under three headings: personal names (forenames, sometimes combined with other elements), surnames and tribal names. A fourth section deals with the key sources for the study of Irish names."
This article, by Paul Tempan, looks at our Onomastic Heritage and Irish names through history. Names have always been important to the Irish - even today, although the bardic era has passed, the importance of names is still reflected in the Irish fascination with tracing family history.