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Subject: Re: Hey, can you tell me where to go??
From: Clancy James <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Fri, 30 Aug 2002 15:08:13 +0100

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> From: Kalamadea [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

> I ask about all
> of us?  

These are from Ó Corráin and Maguire:

James = Séamus

Shane = Seán, from the French "Jehan" of the Latin "Joannes."

Jake = Séamus

Dee/David = Dáibhí or Dáithi

Julia = Síle, Sheela, or Sibán, Siobhán.  Síle/Sheela is the Irish version of "Caecilia" and was retranslated as Julia, Judy, Celia, etc.  Siobhán is the Irish version of "Jehane," the French feminine form of "John," which also became retranslated as Julia and Jude among others.

Thomas = two possibilities: Tomaltach, an old Irish name anglicised as Thomas, and Tomás, the Irish borrowing of the biblical Thomas.
Lee: the nearest I could find in Ó'Corráin and Maguire is Laoidheach (lee-ach), meaning songful, poetical.  MacLysaght's "The Surnames of Ireland" gives Mac Laoidhigh.   

This website is a useful source of info on names:


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