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Name of the Day: Oisín

Meaning little deer, this Irish name is pronounced osh-een or ush-een. I love that it sounds sort of like ocean.

Oisín is known in Irish legends as the son of Finn mac Cumhaill and Sadbh, the greatest poet in Ireland and a great warrior. In his most famous tale he falls in love with a fairy woman, Niamh of the Golden Hair. They lived together for 300 years in the land of the young. When he decides to visit his old home, the 300 years catch up with him an he dies, never returning to Niamh.

James Macpherson published a series of poems in which Ossain (based off legendary Oisín) is the narrator. Osheen is a 3rd acceptable spelling, and probably the one that would cause the least amount of confusion.

Name of the Day: Redmond

Redmond/ Redmund is the (anglicized) Irish form of Raymond, which means advice protector. Originally I thought Redmund was the accurate Anglicization…. but I found more history on Redmond. I think both are correct, though I’m feeling the O spelling more…. but am too lazy to change the picture I already made. I like the name as it would be a shout out to Peter’s grandfather, who everyone knew as Red.

The two most famous Redmonds have the surname, O’Hanlon. Born in 1640, the first was an outlaw, often referred to as a real life Robin Hood. He was a clever man who’s tricks supposedly included reversing his horses shoes to confuse his trackers and dressing himself and all he traveled with in reversible jackets. They would flip their jackets to the red side when passing by crowds so those they passed would think they were part of the army. Of course, his tale was not as black and white as Disney’s Robin Hood, in which the sly fox is the obvious good guy. But that just makes Redmond’s story all the more interesting. So many details are uncertain about his life, I guess that means I can use my imagination and decide what kind of person I want him to have been. 😉

The second Redmond O’Hanlon was named after the outlaw. However, his accomplishments have been very different, though equally intriguing. A scholar and writer, this Redmond has traveled extensively and written of some of his journeys. He has also contributed to several works about Charles Darwin. A true adventurer and a scholar, all in one.

Name of the Day: Dermot

Meaning: Without envy. I’m obsessed with this meaning. What a beautiful thought. If everyone could rid their lives of envy, how happy they would be!

This name is an anglicized version of Diarmuid and Dairmaid.

Diarmuid Ua Duibhe is pretty much the coolest mythological character I’ve ever hear of. In Irish mythology a lover put a spot on his forehead that when women looked at it they fell in love with him.

In one story he showed kindness to an ugly stranger on a cold winter’s night when nobody else would. She of course turned out to be a beautiful princess and they fell in love. But he wronged her, lost her and deeply regretted it. He went searching for her and when he found her she was dying. He saved her life, knowing that by saving her, he would lose his affections for her.

In another tale he fell in love with a young woman who was supposed to marry a friend of his, Fionn. Fionn was old enough to be the lady’s grandfather and she wanted nothing to do with this arranged marriage. Several of Diarmuid’s friends offered to help them escape so Grainne wouldn’t have to marry the man, but D wouldn’t accept their help and put them in danger. They escaped anyways and lived for years without contact with their old friends and family, raising 5 children. When G convinced D to go on a trip with his old friends, including F, he never returned. He died, and though F had the power to heal him he did not.

These are obviously the very very shortened versions of the tales, I encourage you to read more about them!

Dairmaid the Just is a Catholic saint who moved to an isolated island to free himself of distraction. He was a writer and a poet and he soon attracted disciples who were eager to have him as a teacher. He started a school on the island, and 7 churches were also built.

Cool name, yes?