As you have read, the Celts, and in particular, the Irish, played an important part in the making of Texas history. From frontier times to the space age, the Celtic connection was and is there.
Perhaps the greatest testimony of a person's importance to a community is the community's willingness to name a place within the community in their honor. These place names are the proof of the Celtic connection to Texas history.
Texas was influenced by the Indians for thousands of years and the Spanish for more than 300 years. Spanish speaking Mexico borders Texas as it has for more than 400 years. Place names in Texas reflect this influence in its history.
The largest place name in Texas is the county. The naming of a Texas county for an individual is a considerable honor. There are more Texas counties with Celtic names than with Indian names. There are more Texas counties with a Celtic name than a Spanish name, including one that is both, San Patricio. San Patricio County was named after the Irish colony. The Irish colonists named their colony, San Patricio de Hibernia, in honor of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick of Ireland.
Appendix VI, Celtic Texas, lists the counties of Texas with a Celtic origin. This appendix also lists other place names in Texas with a Celtic connection. Texas largest city, Houston, is named after an Irishman, Sam Houston. Its first mayor was Irishman Francis Moore. Dallas, Texas' second biggest city was named by an Irishman, John Neely Bryan. The city had its beginnings with the building of his log cabin. Among its first settlers were Thomas Keenan and William Cochran. Corpus Christi was founded by Irishman Henry L. Kinney, and El Paso was founded, in part, by Irishman James Magoffin. These are listed as are the many smaller cities and towns of Texas, and the creeks, mountains and other place names that give ample, further evidence of the degree the Irish, and their Celtic kin; the Scotch, and Welsh have meant to Texas, the community at large, and to the smaller communities within.
There is also a section covering streets, roads, and building names. Houston, the state's largest city is used in this section as an example. Wherever you go in Texas, you will find a reminder of those who preceded you and made important contributions to its history. Many of them were Celtic.
If you read the chapters and enjoyed them, you might like reading the appendices for further information. The Glossary in particular offers information not found in the text. Footnotes and chapter notes were not used in this effort so as to not discourage younger readers from the material. A bibliography is provided in the appendices for those wanting to know sources of information and for direction for additional reading.
As a reader of these pages and having been made aware of the Celtic connection to Texas history, remember their contribution., The next time you discuss Texas history remember to pass on the Celtic connection.
Thanks for taking the time and interest to read and learn about the Celtic Connection to Texas history.
GP Moran, the Celtic Cowboy