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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Padraig
or
Padraic

"paw + drig"
"paw + rik"

Patrick

From the Latin patricius "nobly born." The patron saint of Ireland, it is hard to differentiate between fact and myth. What is probably true is that he was born in Britain around 373 AD and was brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of seven, possibly by Niall of the Nine Hostages. Forced to guard sheep on the Slemish Mountains in Country Antrim for six years he had a vision urging him to convert his captors. He escaped to France where he trained as a priest before returning to Ireland where he banished the snakes (i.e. paganism) and converted the population to Christianity.

Peadar, Peadair

"pad + ar"

Peter

Irish form of Peter and thus comes ultimately from Greek petros "the rock," it is still in common use in Ireland today.

Pearse, Pearce, Pierce

 

 

Comes from the Norman French name "Piers" and is still very popular as it is given to honor Patrick Pearse, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 when Ireland won its independence from England.

Proinsias

"pron + she + iss"

Francis, Frank

The Irish form of Francis, a name originating from the figure of

St. Francis of Assisi. The name means "little French man" and was popularised in Ireland by the Franciscans whose founder was St. Francis of Assisi. The Celts would have been responsive to the stories of St. Francis’s attitude to birds and animals.

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