Ancestry.com. Irish Names and Surnames [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.Original data: Woulfe, Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames. Dublin, Ireland: M. H. Gill and Son, Ltd., 1923.
This database is an excellent resource for learning about the origin and patterns of Irish names and surnames. It includes a lengthy introduction explaining the history and evolution of Irish names as well as sections on the Irish naming system, English-Irish surnames and first names of men and women, and Irish-English surnames and first names of men and women. This database would be a valuable resource for any researcher of Irish descent. Understanding the naming patterns of a particular race or culture and where those names came from can be a big help in tracing your ancestors no matter what area of the world you are researching in.