Hello to the list,
I've been reading for a while and I'm de-lurking to ask a question about
OI place names. I'm with a medieval recreation group currently looking
for a name for our local branch. Since we're based in Dublin, we want to
use a name form that would be appropriate for an Irish place name in period.
Our first choice (in modern Irish) is Dún na Mara.
From Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum, the construction 'Fort of...'
seems sound and from previous examples quoted on this list -'noí tonna
mara' - nine waves of the sea, and 'set mara' - road of the sea, I'm
reasonably confident the name I want is 'Dún Mara' (???)
Also, I've been told the word 'dunad' means fortified harbour? If so it
might be an option too...
(I guess Muirdún would also be appropriate, equivalent to the Welsh Myrddin)
I've also been given a short list of backup name options. I can't vouch
for their correct construction in modern Irish, perhaps someone would
care to suggest OI forms for them?
Dún an Bran Dubh - more viking influenced... therefore Middle Irish
Dún na Cael Uisce - 'Fort of the Narrow Water'
Dún an Laitrech - this has been suggested as a way of saying 'Fort of
the Gate'. I don't know the word laitrech. The closest word I can find
is lúthrach, gate-bolt. If not that then perhaps 'Dún Geata'?
I'd appreciate any comments. (I'd also welcome any suggestions for
further resources for OI names - personal and/or place names).