Irish Golden Families from County Mayo, Ireland – 3 major lines

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The following information is summarized from Golden Families from N. E. County Mayo.

The above crest has been adopted by Goldens worldwide, although its origin derives from a particular English family of Goldens.

Goldens from Doonfeeny, Lacken and Kilfian parishes, County Mayo:

Golden families were recorded in three main areas around Ballycastle during the Griffiths Valuation (1848-1864), Doonfeeny, Lacken/Kilcummin, and Kilfian. By the time of the 1901 census, the Kilfian Goldens (about 6 miles south of Ballycastle) had disappeared. However, the 1901 census records about 20 Golden households in Lacken and Kilcummin parishes to the east of Ballycastle and 3 Golden families in Doonfeeny parish on the west side of Ballycastle.

According to family lore, the Doonfeeny and Lacken Goldens are not related, and recent Y-DNA tests confirm this. Y-DNA test results of both the author’s Doonfeeny Golden family (kit 167422), and of a descendant of a Golden family from Lacken (kit 35946) are posted on the “Golden Y-DNA Project” web page. Goldens from all three areas emigrated to Pennsylvania, USA (including Dunmore, PA), so these DNA test results could help to distinguish their respective descendants.

Information that you will find at  Golden Families from N. E. County Mayo:

  • Y-DNA test results with kit numbers
  • Family lineage charts back to the early 1800s
  • Michigan USA Goldens and their relationship to the Kilfian Golden line
  • An enumeration of how popular the Golden family name was by county in 1864. Most common in order of predominance: County Mayo, Sligo, Cork, Kerry and Roscommon; rare all elsewhere.

You are welcome to add to or to correct this story by contacting: Bill Golden, Norfolk1956@gmail.com

BTW – I look forward to sharing your stories, photos and in-search-of quests. Contact me at the email address above.

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