Thursday 3 December 2020

Irish Saints' Names - December

A selection of Irish saints' names as suggestions for naming children, this time those whose feasts fall in the month of December. Plenty of good names here for consideration, including a female saint who has been rediscovered in our times - Saint Samthann of Clonbroney. The Clonard theologian, Aileran the Wise is also on the list as is a reputed sister of Saint Colum Cille at December 23.

There are many who think that the Irish saints are only a few, and so their choice of names for their children is very small. Week by week, a list will be given. The name will be spelt as in Irish and the English equivalent will be given in brackets. The sex is marked m. for males, and f. for females. Only one name is given for each day, but more could be given. Year of death as below.


1. Nessan (Nessant), m.,  in Wexford, 7th century, also on March 17.
2. Cummin (Cummian), m., Durrow, 662.
3. Maccoige (Maccoige), m., Lismore.
4. Suairleae (Suarla), m., 773.
5. Senan (Senanus), m.
6. Breaccan (Braccan or Berchan), m., Ardbraecan.
7. Ollan (Ollan), m.
8. Brennan (Brendan), m.
9. Feidelm (Felima), f.
10. Modimog (Dimog or Dermot), m., Clonkeen, Tipperary.
11. Meltog (Eiltene), m., Kinsale.
12. Finnan (Finnian), m., Clonard, 549, also on 23rd February.
13. Colm (Colm or Columba), m., Terryglass, 552.
14. Cormac (Cormac), bp.
15. Mogain (Mogina or Mona), f., Clogher, 593.
16. Mobeoc or Beanus (Mobheog), m., Lough Derg and Wexford.
17. Crowmaol (Crunmael), m. Iona.
18. Finnian (Frigidian), m., Lucca, Italy, also on 10th December.
19. Samtann (Safana), f., Clonbrony, Granard, 735.
20. Fraoc (Fraech), m., Mohill, 6th century.
21. Flann (Flann), m.
22. Eimin (Evin or Eimeen), m., Monasterevin
23. Cuman (Cumania), sister of St. Colmcille.
24. Cuan (Cuan), m., Timahoe, also on 1st January.
25. Maolan (Mellan), m.
26. Moliba (Moliba), m., Annahilt.
27. Tiobrat (Tobrat), m., Moira.
28. Muiredeac (Murray or Muiredach), m., Armagh, 1007.
29. Aileran or Aireran (Aleran), m.,  Clonard, 665.
30. Ailbe (Elvi), bp., Emly, also on 12th September.
31. Lugna (Luna), m.

 Southern Cross, Friday 4 December 1914, page 15

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