The Irish surname Larkin, also found in England, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Lorcáin meaning “descendant of Lorcán,” a personal name from a diminutive of lorc meaning “fierce, or cruel,” which was sometimes used as an equivalent to Lawrence. When found in England the name is a pet form of Lawrence. The name is found throughout Ireland with high numbers in counties Galway and Offaly. A notable bearer of the name was the Irish labor leader and patriot James Larkin. Today there are more than 23,000 people living in The United States with the last name Larkin.
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