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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Bartley

 

Bert,

Bertie, Parthalon, Partlan

The name of one of the twelve apostles, it is the Irish form of the Hebrew name Bartholemew "Son of Talmai." Bartley is also a derivation of the name Parthalon who was the leader of the first people to occupy Ireland after the Biblical flood, about 2,800 BC, and who, according to legend, brought agriculture to their new homeland. As such it is not really an Irish name although it was in relatively common usage in times past, particularly in the west of Ireland.

Bradan

"bray + dawn"

Braden

Comes from the word bradan meaning "a salmon" in Irish and the bradan feasa, the "Salmon of Knowledge" is central to the tales of Fionn MacCool.

Breandan

"bren + dawn"

Brendan, Brandan, Brandon

There are at least seventeen saints who bear the name but St. Breandan the Navigator is probably the best known. Tradition has it that he was born in County Kerry, set sail in a small boat with a group of monks in the early 6th century, visited an island inhabited by birdmen, rode on the back of a whale and was the first European to set foot on the shores of the Americas, nearly a thousand years before Columbus. In the 1970s Tim Severin recreated St. Breandan’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a flimsy, hide-covered rowboat known as a "curragh." St. Breandan is venerated in Ireland as the patron saint of seafarers and travellers.

Brian

"bree + an"

Brian
(pron. "bry + an")

From brigh "high, noble, strong." This is one of the most widespread Irish names ever, in honour of the most revered High King of Ireland, Brian Boru who defeated an army of invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 but died of wounds he received in the battle.

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