How exclusive is this group?

Tony Comer

How exclusive is this group?

Postby Tony Comer » Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:04 pm

As you can see, I am a Comer: my family came to England in the 1830s or 1840s from Co Mayo. None of the early records we have (marriage certificates from the 1840s) show any degree of literacy, and the surname has been represented in various different ways. The Irish form of the name is O Ciaragain which usually translates to Kerrigan. Indeed, one of my forebears called himself John Kerrigan Comer.

Is anybody else looking for Comer, or any other variant of Kerrigan, or does this group look solely at Kerrigan?

Best wishes

Tony

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Mark
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Are you directly related to a Kerrigan?: No
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Which Kerrigan are you researching?: Patrick Kerrigan
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Postby Mark » Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:10 am

Enjoy, i will put this in perspective...

There are so many ways you can Spell Kerrigan, when you go back to ireland. it can be spelled many More...

if you want to post feel free...

me personally. i'm still stuck looking for Patrick Kerrigan... Married in Nashville, Tn in 1869...

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Which Kerrigan are you researching?: francis kerrigan

Re: How exclusive is this group?

Postby navigator » Mon May 04, 2009 5:40 pm

Helllo Tony,
Let me shed some light on your predicament.
In County Roscommon and in lesser extent counties Galway & Mayo, Kerrigan or O Ciarragain was anglisied into Comber or Comer from its supposed derivation from cior (comb) though he root word is in fact cair (black). Comber is also found as a foreign occupative name of Norman origin.
So it is possible that at some stage your ancestors were O Ciarragains.

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Re: How exclusive is this group?

Postby Hammer » Wed May 06, 2009 5:38 pm

Thanks, for adding another name to the mix. We have an hard enough time just tracking down the Kerrigan's.


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