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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Gearoid

"gar + roid"

Garret, Gerald, Gerard, Gerrit

Means "brave with a spear" or "spear carrier." The name is associated with Gearoid Fitzgerald, the 3rd Earl of Desmond (1338-98) and leader of the most powerful Norman family in late medieval Ireland. It was believed he had magical powers and is reputed to protect the environment at Lough Gur, where he had a castle in County Limerick. In one story, when a local landowner planned to drain the lake or forbid local people access to it Gearoid made his horse bolt, fatally injuring the landowner. Some even say that he is sleeping at the bottom of Lough Gur, waiting to return to the land of the living.

Glendon, Glendan

 

 

gleann "valley, glen" and dun "a settlement, fortress" implying "one from the settlement or fortress in the glen."

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