Irish Family History

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Irish Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Krish, Drish, Rish, Urish, Rich, Brush, Rush, Grosh, Crisp, Risi

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Irish Family Origin

Where is the Irish family from?

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Irish Family Occupations

What did your Irish ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Irish. 23% of Irish men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Irish women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Irish were Engineer and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Engineer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Servant
    8%
  • Student
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Irish Historical Records

What Irish family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Irish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Irish census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Irish

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Irish. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Irish. For the veterans among your Irish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Irish Life Expectancy

What is the average Irish lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Irish ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Irish

Famous Irish Family Ancestors

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