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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Lee

 

 

From laoi "poem" or from the River Lee, the river which runs through County Cork.

Liam

 

William

The Irish form of William, originally a German name will + helm "desire + helmet" and suggests "strong protector."

Lochlan,

Lochlann

"lok + lun"

 

The Vikings plundered Ireland in the 9th and 10th centuries and the native home of the Norwegian invaders was known as Lochlan "land of the lochs." But once they settled and intermarried with the Irish Lochlan became a popular name and was generally given to boys that had fair or red hair – a tribute to their Viking ancestors.

Lorcan

"lor + can"

 

Means "silent" or "fierce" and was probably used as a nickname for a "brave warrior." Sometimes equated with Laurence, Lorcan is a name in its own right. One Lorcan was the grandfather of Brian Boru, two kings of Leinster bore the name and St. Lorcan O’Tuathail, better known as St. Laurence O’Toole, was an influential bishop of Dublin and an important mediator between the Norman invaders and the Irish in the twelth century.

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