Birth Index of Ireland 1890

A statistical analysis of Irish surnames was carried out in the late 19th century, with all births for the year 1890 compiled. The Birth Index of Ireland: Showing the Location of Surnames in Ireland by County was compiled by the then Registrar General of Ireland, Sir Robert Matheson. All births were tabulated by surname, the frequency of births and the number of births per province.  It provides a useful guide to show what parts of the country that a surname is generally associated with in the late 19th century. The entry for Buggy shows that there were 12 births in Ireland in 1890, with 10 coming in Leinster and 2 in Munster. Matheson lists Kilkenny and Queen’s (Laois) as the counties in which the name is principally found.

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