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This noble and famous surname is of Irish origin, and when used as a title is one of the most prominent names in Irish history. Between 1329 and 1583 no less than fifteen Fitzgeralds were the earls of Desmond. The surname Desmond is the Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic "O'Deasmhumhnaigh", translating as "the descendant of the Desmondman", and meaning a native of Desmond. This was the original name for the province of South-West Munster, "deas" meaning south, and "Mumhan", Munster. The surname is closely associated with County Cork, and originally was seldom found elsewhere, King Williamstown, in the Newmarket district of County Cork being renamed Ballydesmond...

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Janet Green

I am seeking information about my grandmother Katherine Desmond. She was born in County Cork in 1896 and emigrated to the US in 1910 when she was 16 years old after saving her money working in a candy shop in Ireland. She worked as a housekeeper for a wealthy family and moved with them from British Columbia to Santa Barbara where she met and married her husband and our grandfather Gerald Bowman when she was 29. They had two children, daughter Frances Lucy and son George Desmond, named after her family in Ireland. She died in 1963. After requesting birth records from the clerk in County Cork it appears there is no record of her birth. Any information would be most appreciated about our grandmother and family in Cork. Thank you.

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