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332 pages. With over 40 million people claiming Irish extraction in the United States alone, and an ever-spreading Irish diaspora, this Dictionary has become an indispensable guide throughout the globe to the surnames of Ireland. Each entry begins with a brief etymology of the given name, related forms, origins, and geographical distribution. This is accompanied by examples of famous people who have borne the name, arranged chronologically, relating brief anecdotes about their lives or explaining their claims to fame.