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Does anyone know what the "Ogue" means after James O'Connor's name in parenthesis?

He is there under Kilfenora, plot # 8. See attachment.




Friday 8th Dec 2023, 01:28AM

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  • It’s an agnomen or nickname to distinguish him from the other James O’Connor living nearby. Og/Ogue means “little”.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 8th Dec 2023, 08:16AM
  • Thanks Elwyn! That's helpful to know the meaning of the word "ogue".




    Friday 8th Dec 2023, 02:58PM
  • Actually, the Irish word óg, sometimes anglicized as "ogue", means "young", but it was used in the way Elwyn indicated.  In rural places, there were often people with the same name, so agnomens were used to distinguish between or among them.  The addition of óg usually refers to someone who was younger.  It might sometimes used with respect to size, but the word beag (often anglicized as "beg"), which means "small", would be more common.  Just to make things nice and confusing, though, beag could also be used to indicate a younger person.  Other things, like hair color, were also used.  The agnomen rua, meaning "red-haired", was quite common, and often anglicized as "roe", and dubh ("black" or "dark") could be used to refer to a person with dark hair.


    Friday 8th Dec 2023, 10:22PM
  • Thanks Kevin! I always love reading your explanations of word origins!

    From your So. Cal. Gallagher distant "cousin" Carolyn. :)


    Friday 8th Dec 2023, 11:30PM
  • If you are interested in the word Ogue in action, there’s quite a famous Irish traditional song called “Eileen Og” (little Eileen). Written by Percy French, about 100 years ago. Performed here by Cathy Jordan & Eleanor Shanley.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 9th Dec 2023, 07:21PM

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