Irish Family History

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Irish Name Meaning

English and Scottish: ethnic name for someone of Irish origin. Compare Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Drish, Rush, Brush, Krich, Fish, Urich, Nish, Neish, Brash, Urish

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Irish Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Irish name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Irish. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Irish Family Origin

Where is the Irish family from?

Irish Family Occupations

What did your Irish ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Irish. The most common Irish occupation in the UK was Farmer. 10% of Irish's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Irish family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farm Laborer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Irish ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Irish Historical Records

What Irish family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 61,000 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.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Irish. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 21,000 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?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Irish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Irish in 1943 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Irish

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.

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