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The name Oriordan 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."

Oriordan Early Origins



The surname Oriordan 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.

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Oriordan Spelling Variations


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Oriordan 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.

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Oriordan Early History


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Oriordan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oriordan research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Oriordan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oriordan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oriordan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Oriordan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Oriordan:

Oriordan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Oriordan, who came to North America in 1847

Oriordan 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oriordan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oriordan (post 1700)



  • John C. O'Riordan C.S.Sp. (1924-2016), Irish-born Sierra Leonean Prelate of Roman Catholic Church
  • Eugene O'Riordan, Irish author and professor of mathematics
  • Dolores O'Riordan (b. 1971), Irish singer and songwriter
  • Conal Holmes O'Connell O'Riordan (1874-1948), Irish dramatist and novelist
  • Brian O'Riordan (b. 1981), Irish professional rugby player
  • Donald Joseph O'Riordan (b. 1957), Irish former footballer
  • Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan (b. 1971), Irish singer and songwriter
  • Robert O'Riordan (b. 1943), Canadian author
  • Caitlín O'Riordan (b. 1965), British musician

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Oriordan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oriordan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 24 November 2016 at 11:11.

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