Clans of Mayo
From our earliest recorded history, groups of people living in Mayo have coalesced together into clans – the story of their development and struggle for supremacy and survival form a rich part of our history and heritage.
Irish clans are traditional kinship groups sharing a common surname and heritage and existing in a lineage based society prior to the 17th century (Wikipedia). These clans included the chief and his blood relatives; however they also included unrelated clients of the chief.
This map shows the Clans of Mayo. It is abstracted from The Clans of Connaught map compiled by Edward McLysaght (1887-1986) former Chief Herald and Genealogical Officer at the Irish Office of Arms. This map is from his book Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and Origins first published in 1957.
Names of Norman origin are shown in red.