08 January 2011

Surname Saturday - Walsh/Welsh

There were many Walshes in Phoenixville (Chester County, PA) where my maternal grandmother grew up. Her parents were MARTIN and CATHERINE O'FLAHERTY WALSH. They were a large Irish Catholic family attending St. Mary's RC Church near their house. While Martin and Catharine kept their last name as Walsh, the children all took the surname WELSH.

My grandmother once told me it was because there was a family - unrelated - and that they were not ... of the same caliber. So, she and her siblings all changed their names to Welsh.

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