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This interesting Irish surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O hAnnrachain", and is a synonym of Somers or Summers in the Granard area, Co. Longford. These names when found in Leinster are usually of English origin from the Olde English pre 7th Century "Somer" meaning summer and would have been a nickname for someone of a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone who was associated with the season of summer in another way. Another possible derivation is from the occupational name for a carrier, from the Middle English "sum(p)ter", meaning the driver of pack animals. Recordings of the surname from the Irish church registers include; James, son of James and Mary Hourican, who was christened on September 25th 1864, at Ballinalee Co...

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