Family Names in the Glens of Antrim
This publication explores the historical and social significance of the family names of a
distinctive region in the north-east of Ireland – the Glens of Antrim. The area has a strong
local identity as well as generally recognised links further afield, particularly with Scotland
which is visible from many vantage points. The purpose of this study is to investigate the
distribution of the family names of a well-defined area and to relate that to the region’s
environment and history. In doing so, a deeper insight will be gained into the origins of
the population groups which have formed the present community.
This investigation was particularly inspired by close observation of the surnames of
north County Antrim, and the Glens in particular, where Ireland and Highland Scotland
have the closest historical and geographical associations, and which today is bordered by
country with strong ties to the Scottish lowlands and the influx of people and names from
there. These are places where surnames have long had significant local connotations, very
often only subconsciously recognised.
This handsomely produced book is lavishly illustrated with numerous surname
distribution maps as well as many attractive colour photographs and cartographic material.
The author is a recognised authority on the subject of family names and has been studying
these in the Glens of Antrim for many years