Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir

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8. Most Popular Names

(a) Surnames

A most interesting feature of the exercise is the wide range of surnames listed. A total of 113 surnames appear in the records. There are 34 different surnames that appear once in the register, while 10 names appear twice and 17 names appear three times. The 10 most popular surnames accounted for over half the pupils while 70% of the pupils are accounted for in the 20 most popular surnames. The following were the 15 most popular surnames:

Principal Surnames

Number of Pupils Principal Surnames
  Surname

Clancy

The surname Clancy emerges as the most common name in the school over its 112 year existence. A total of 122 pupils registered with this surname or 1 in every 10 pupils. The surname Clancy is mainly identified with County Clare and is considered to be a branch of the McNamaras. The Clancys attending Lack school came from the following townlands:

Townlands Occupied by Clancy Pupils

Townlands Occupied by Clancy Pupils Tonlegee: 11
Leimnaleha: 17
Lisnafaha: 26
Burren: 27
Glencanane: 34

Kelly

The surname Kelly emerges in second place with 96 entries or 1 in every 10 pupils. This was no surprise as Kelly is the second most popular surname in Ireland after Murphy. The Kellys came mainly from Tonlegee as the following graph shows:

Townlands Occupied by Kelly Pupils

Townlands Occupied by Kelly Pupils Breafa: 4
Sheshive: 4
Leimnaleha: 6
Lack: 22
Tonlegee: 59

Sheehan

Sheehan, one of the most numerous surnames in the north Cork, Kerry, Limerick area, are third with 72 entries or 1 in every 15 pupils. A total of 80% of the Sheehans came mainly from Tonlegee with 64 entries followed by Lack with 11, Leimnaleha 3 and Glencanane 2 entries.

Townlands Occupied by Sheehan Pupils

Townlands Occupied by Sheehan Pupils Glencanane: 2
Leimnaleha: 3
Lack: 11
Tonlegee: 64

Hehir

Hehir, mainly a county Clare surname, is fourth with 65 entries or almost 1 in every 19 pupils. The Hehirs came mainly from Lack with 40 entries or 62% of the total. This is followed by Burren with 10, Glencanane with 7, Crahera 5 and Ballycorick and Breafa 1 each.

Townlands Occupied by Hehir Pupils

Townlands Occupied by Hehir Pupils Crahera: 5
Glencanane: 9
Burren: 10
Lack: 40

Honan

Honan, a Munster surname, was the 5th most common surname with 60 entries. The Honans came from Lack 36, Coolsippeen 20, Burren 3 and Ennis and Tonlegee with 1 entry each.

Townlands Occupied by Honan Pupils

Townlands Occupied by Honan Pupils Burren: 3
Coolsippean: 20
Lack: 36

Unusual Surnames

The records contain 34 entries with surnames to appear once. The following include the more unusual surnames which are not common to the area: Bourke, Coleman, Cotter, Cullinan, Doherty, Halloran, Mann, Rice, Torpy and Troy.