The following list of names and the counties they represent is your guide to finding where your Rhode Island Irish ancestors originated in Ireland. The information is based on the naturalization records, cemetery stones, newspaper reports and bank records of Rhode Island residents.
Unless noted by a year of birth (ex. McElmeel, b.1863), I only use those records for persons born before or during the Great Hunger (1845-1852). The famine years resulted in massive migrations on within Ireland. As a result, records of those born after that time do not necessarily credit the correct county from which individuals and families originated.
This is by no means a complete list. Many who came were not naturalized and/or could not afford a bank account of a stone in a cemetery. Having said that, it is a very strong indicator of Irish origin for those whose ancestors came to greater Providence in the 19th century.
Is there a surname/county link missing? Do you have documentation of the county of origin? If so, please let me know and I will add it to the list.