May households in mid-nineteenth century Ireland

Householders by county in (1847-64), as on the map

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Surname Dictionary

Maye numerous: in three northern provinces, especially Connacht, S Midlands & South East. While the name May is both English and Scottish, a substantial proportion of the present population must be indigenous: Ir. Ó Miadhaigh, miadhach, honourable. Originally a sept of W Meath, which appears also as Mee. This name extended into Scotland, where they were associated with the Mac Donalds in Kintyre. MIF & SS.

Variants in Griffith's
& total households

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Non-Griffith's Variants

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