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This interesting name of Medieval Irish origin is an alternative form of Riordan, which in Irish Gaelic is O'Riordain. The earlier form, O'Rioghbhardain, reveals its derivation from 'Rioghbhard', meaning Royal bard, with the 'O' denoting 'descendant of'. The sept of O'Riordan belongs exclusively to Munster, originating in County Tipperary, but migrating to County Cork at such an early date, that they can now be regarded as belonging to that county, where they are far more numerous than anywhere else. Throughout history many name bearers had military connections, or were historians. The name was introduced into Barbados, as early as the 17th Century...

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