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12 top Irish surnames and how they're spread across the world

McCarthys, Ryans, O’Sullivans…

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EVER WONDERED JUST how many of you there are?

We’ve taken 12 of Ireland’s most common surnames to see just how spread out they are around the world, using the website forebears.io, which will search for incidences of just about any surname you can think of.

So, calling all McCarthys, Doyles, Byrnes…

Murphy - 607,735 worldwide

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Kelly - 632,783 worldwide

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Walsh - 276,032 worldwide

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O’Neill - 110,141 worldwide

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O’Connor - 126,793 worldwide

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O’Sullivan - 61,130 worldwide

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Doyle - 190,977 worldwide

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McCarthy – 200,825 worldwide

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Ryan – 343,059 worldwide

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ryan

Byrne – 147,715 worldwide

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O’Brien – 165,081 worldwide 

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O’Reilly - 50,511 worldwide 

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All images via Forbears.io. Check your own surname here

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Emer McLysaght

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