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O'Riordan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name O'Riordan has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Riordain. The original form of the surname was O Rioghbhardain, which was originally derived from the words "riogh bhard," meaning "royal bard."

Early Origins of the O'Riordan family


The surname O'Riordan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

Early History of the O'Riordan family


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O'Riordan Spelling Variations


The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as O'Riordan, Riordan, O'Rearden, Rearden and others.

Early Notables of the O'Riordan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'Riordan family to the New World and Oceana


Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name O'Riordan:

O'Riordan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Oriordan, who settled in North America in 1847

O'Riordan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas O'Riordan, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1904
  • John O'Riordan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Michael O'Riordan, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Millstreet, Ireland, in 1907
  • Daniel O'Riordan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Macroom, Ireland, in 1908
  • Eleanor O'Riordan, aged 19, who landed in America from Killarney, Ireland, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name O'Riordan (post 1700)


  • Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (1971-2018), Irish singer and songwriter, known for her work with The Cranberries and her solo career
  • John C. O'Riordan C.S.Sp. (1924-2016), Irish-born Sierra Leonean Prelate of Roman Catholic Church
  • Maurice Francis "Mossy" O'Riordan (1926-2008), Irish hurler who played from 194 to 1952 for Cork; he won two All- Ireland medals and three Munster medals
  • Michael O'Riordan (1917-2006), Irish General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland (1970-1983), Chairman of the Communist Party of Ireland (1983-1989)
  • Mark O'Riordan (b. 1980), Irish contemporary hurler
  • Gerry O'Riordan, Irish hurler who played in the 1940s
  • Donald Joseph "Don" O'Riordan (b. 1957), Irish former professional footballer and football manager
  • Brendan O'Riordan, Irish former footballer who played in the 1970s, younger brother of Don O'Riordan
  • Eugene O'Riordan, Irish author and professor of mathematics at the Dublin City University School of Mathematical Sciences, Dublin
  • Conal Holmes O'Connell O'Riordan (1874-1948), Irish dramatist and novelist
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The O'Riordan Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo et patria
Motto Translation: For God and country.


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