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Re: Paddens from Ireland (II)
Posted by: Tomas Sean O Donnabhain Date: December 18, 2001 at 11:30:09
In Reply to: Re: Paddens from Ireland (II) by Tomas Sean O Donnabhain of 143

Not all Mac Paddens are Barretts. MacLysaght says the name Mac Padine was also adopted by certain families of the Stauntons, another of the Anglo-Norman arrivals in County Mayo, and that some of these again took MacEvilly (Mac an Mhileadha, "son of the soldier" ) as their Gaelic surname. A variant of Mac Paidin is found in Ulster: Mac Phadden, Mac Faden, Mac Faddin, Mac Fadden, Mac Feddan, Faddin, Vadin, Fagan, Fagan, Patterson, Padden, Patten. In East Galway O Casain is sometimes anglicized as Patterson, as well as Cussane.

The family of Michael Padden, b 1790 Killala Co Mayo IR, d 1869 Vancouver Clarke Co WT, identified themselves as Irish. But we were told our family was originally Norman, when knighthood was in flower. Teachers in the family claimed Elizabeth Barrett as a relative. John O Donovan (1851) says the family has a Welsh origin. Ida Grehan, p 246, quotes a Mayo Walsh pedigree from 1588 beginning with Walynus and his brother Barret, .who came to Ireland with Maurice FitzGerald in 1169. From this Barret we are told descend the Barrett family of County Mayo, where they were Lords of Tirawley. Woulfe (1923) and MacLysaght (1957) say the name Bareid is in origin "most probably" Anglo-Saxon. Indubitably Norman Barretts, who ended up in County Cork, were known by the name Baroid. So it's a Sassanach name. But it's Norman blood. Gael and Gall.


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