Irish Boy's Names - D

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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Daire

"di + re"

Darragh, Daragh, Dara

(pron. "da + ra")

daire "fruitful, fertile." The Brown Bull of Cooley was owned by Daire Mac Fiachna, and his refusal to sell his bull to Queen Maebh was part of the reason for the fight between the provinces of Ulster and Connacht.

At present it is a very popular name in Ireland with all four spellings and it is often used as a girl’s name with the spellings Daire and Dara.

Daithi, Dahey, Dahy

"dah + hee"

David

It is an old Irish name meaning "swiftness, nimbleness." Daithi, the last pagan king of Ireland, ruled from 405 AD to 426 AD, and he had twenty-four sons. Along with Crimhthan the Great (366 A.D.) and Niall of the Nine Hostages (379 A.D.) Daithi led Irish fleets to raid the Roman Empire. He was killed by lightning in the Alps and is buried under a standing stone called "King Daithi’s Stone." As in all these matters there is debate over where the stone is located, either in County Roscommon or on the Aran Islands, off the coast of County Galway.

Dalaigh

"dawl + ee"

or

"dale + ee"

Daley,

Daly

dalach meaning "frequenter of gatherings" and refers, therefore to a "counsellor." The Irish Parliament is known as the Dail (pron. "doyle"), which means "a gathering."

Darcy, Darcie, D"Arcy

 

 

From the surname O’Dorchaidhe "descendant of the dark one."

Davin

 

 

From damh + -in meaning "little deer."

Deaglan

"deck + lan"

Declan

From dag "good" and lan "full" suggesting "full of goodness." St. Declan was the founder of a monastery at Ardmore in County Waterford and may have preached in Ireland before the arrival of St. Patrick. Many miracles are attributed to a rock on the beach at Ardmore known as St. Declan’s Stone. According to legend, on a trip back from Wales one of his disciples, Runanus, forgot Declan’s sacred bell. But a prayer from Declan and, miraculously, the stone carried the bell over the waves back to Waterford.

Derry

 

 

"like an oak." It is often used as a short version of Derek and Dermot but can be a name in its own right. The city of Derry in Northern Ireland comes from Doire Colmcille, the name of a 6th century monastery.

Desmond

 

 

Meaning "one from Desmond," Desmond being an area of South Munster, one of the four provinces of Ireland. Popular diminutives are Des and Dessie.

Diarmuid

"deer + mid"

Dermot

"without enemy." The name of early kings, legendary heroes and saints, Diarmuid was the lover of Grainne and the most beloved of that warrior band, the Fianna. Grainne, as the daughter of Cormac Mac Airt, the High King of Tara, was betrothed to a much older man, the legendary Fionn Mac Cool. When Grainne saw Fionn at the wedding banquet she realised he "was not for her" and put a a "geis," a spell, on his nephew, Diarmuid, to run away with her. For sixteen years the lovers were forced to roam the countryside, all the time knowing that they were being constantly pursued by the furious Fionn. Each night they made a fresh bed in a sheltered spot and legend has it that these beds can still be seen today in many remote places.

Dillon

 

Dylan

From dealan "a flash of lightning" or it may come from an Irish word for "faithful, loyal." A common surname it is the Irish form of the Welsh name "Dylan."

As Dylan it was the tenth most popular name for Irish baby boys in Ireland for 2003.

Donal

 

Donald

Daniel

domhan "world" and all "mighty" implying "ruler of the world." "Donal Og" ("Young Donal") is the title of a fifteenth-century love song that is still popular among Irish traditional musicians and singers.

Donncha

"done + acka"

Donagh

(pron. "done + a")

donn "brown" and cath "battle" meaning "brown-haired warrior." Brian Boru’s son Donncha was a High King of Ireland until his death in 1064.

Dubhlainn

"dove + lin"

Doolin

From dubh "black" and lan "blade, sword" means "black sword." Dubhlainn loved the fairy queen and legendary harpist Aoibhell who gave him her cloak of invisibility to wear in battle.

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