Hello. I'm new. I just subscribed to Gaeilge-B and found out about
"you" from Tom Fitzgerald. I subscribed about 24 hours ago and just
scanned through 40+ messages. You are a busy group.
I'm confused re: the chatter about Clan Ish and The Woods. I take it
this is an inside joke?
I also enjoyed the "name game". I recently asked Gaeilge-B what Ellen
is in Irish Celtic and was given Eibhli/n although it is pronounced
Eileen as I understood it. Eileen and Ellen aren't the same. My
great-grandmother was named Ellen, but was never called anything but
Nellie all her life. So, the "conversion" of Nellie to Helen/Ellen to
Eibhli/n was doubly amusing.
What would you like to do with Rudd? The first written record of Rudds
is in Northern Ireland during the 10th or 11th century (forgive me for
forgetting exactly when the Viking raids occurred, but the appearance of
a Rudd coincided with the Vikings). Family lore has it that Rudd is a
Viking name (as in Eric the Red). But, I find "rud" in an Irish
dictionary as meaning "thing". So, are Rudds "red things"? I have my
Rudd family traced back to Clone, Co. Wexford in 1630. They hung around
in Clone for a couple of centuries (actually, there are still some
there). My direct ancestor emigrated to Lansdowne/Gananoque, Ontario,
with 2 of his brothers in 1832. And, my great-grandparents moved to
Grand Rapids, Michigan from Canada. I'm currently in Indianapolis, but
am not planning to stay here much longer. I don't like the weather.
My eldest daughter is named Meaghan. I threw pronunciation of her name
out on to Gaeilge-B and got several guesses. Apparently there are more
dialectical pronunciations of words than I guessed. It makes my efforts
to try to teach myself this language without a native speaker as teacher
seem overwhelmingly impossible.
As for Maqqi, aren't you the same person who asked about fellow
"computerites" on Gaeilge-B? I answered you, I think. I'm working on a
degree in computer technology. And, on that note, I'm signing off to be
responsible. I have 3 final exams next week. But, I've enjoyed trying
to follow your chatter. Maybe it will all make more sense 40+ more
messages from now.
Ellen Rudd (or Eibhli/n Rud, as you prefer)