Ireland
Renaissance Period: c 1400 - 1600 A.D.

Female Names

Gráinne - The English form is Grania or Grace, as in the 16th century Grace O'Malley - 1

Labhaoise - The English form is Louisa. The name Louisa appears in England in 1646 and was common in the 18th century. The name spread to Ireland around the same time. - 1

Máire - This name was not common before the 17th century out of reverence for the mother of Jesus. - 1

Nuala - 2

Male Names

Aichlinn - There was a harper named Aichlinn in Belfast in 1792, which is outside of the period - 1

Brian - 2

Cadhla - "Handsome" - Cadhla was an archbishop of Tuam in 1539 who represented Rory O'Conor, the last high king of Ireland. - 1

Cathal - 2

Conn - 2

Conor - 2

Cormac - 2

Donnell - 2

Donough - 2

Eochaidh - 2

Feardorcha - "A dark man" - The name was popular in the 16th century. It was anglicized as Ferdinand and Frederick. - 1

Fiach - 2

Hugh - 2

Manus - 2

Maolmhuire - 2

Murrough - 2

Niall - 2

Phelim - 2

Rory - 2

Sean - 2

Shane - 2

Tadhg - 2

Turlough - 2

Sources:

1 - Book of Irish Names: First, Family, and Place Names, Ronan Coghlan, Ida Grehan, P.W. Joyce, New York: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 1989.

2 - New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485 - 1603, Susan Brigden, New York: Viking, 2000.


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