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NAME

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DESCRIPTION

Redmond

 

Raymond

An Irish version of the Germanic ragan + mund "counsellor, protector." Particularly popular in Northern Ireland where Redmond O’Hanlon was a charismatic outlaw, the Irish "Robin Hood." He was born about 1623 in Country Armagh where his father owned seven townlands. During the Cromwellian settlement their estate was taken over by the English. Redmond, his three brothers and a band of about 50 followers took to the hills. Known as “Rapparees,” they were the terror of those who had confiscated the Irish lands and avenged some of the wrongs inflicted upon their peasant neighbours.

Reilly, Riley

"rye + lee"

 

Meaning "courageous, valiant." A surname in Ireland that can be used as a given name.

Riordan

"reer + don"

 

From ri "king" and bardan "poet" it means "royal poet." In Irish tradition the poet was very highly regarded in any royal household as he acted as scholar, historian and advisor to the king.

Ronan

"ro + nan"

 

From ron "a seal." Legend tells of a seal who is warned never to stray too close to the land. When the "seal child" is swept ashore by a huge wave, she becomes trapped in a human form, known as a "Selkie" or "seal maiden." Although she lives as the wife of a fisherman and bears him children, known as "ronans" or "little seals," she never quite loses her "sea-longing." Eventually she finds the "seal-skin" which the fisherman has hidden and slips back into the ocean. But she can’t forget her husband and children and can even be seen swimming close to the shore, keeping a watchful eye on them.

Ruari

"ro + ree"

Rory

From rua + ri meaning "red king, great king." Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland was forced to abdicate the throne in 1175.

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