Friday 8 January 2021

Irish Saints' Names - January


Below is the January listing of Irish saints' names as suggestions for naming children, which began a series of monthly updates in the Australian press in 1914. All of the suggested saints have feasts in January and the selection includes a larger than usual number of female saints. Some of the holy men such as Aedan of Ferns are relatively well-known, others are rather more obscure. The holy women include the famous Saint Ita and a Tipperary saint whose popularity has rocketed in recent years, Ciara of Kilkeary:

Irish Saints' Names.
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 he given in brackets. The sex is marked m. for males, and f. for females. Only one name is given for each day, not but more could be given. Year of death as below.

1. Faine (Fannie), f., at Rossory, Co. Fermanagh, in 520.
2. Mainchin (Munchin), m., at Limerick, in 653.
3. Fionntan (Finntan), m., at Coonagh, Limerick, in 561.
4. Maolan (Melan), m., at Clondermot.
5. Ciar (Keara), at Kilkeare, Tipperary, in 679.
6. Osnat (Osnata), f., at Glencar, Sligo.
7. Cuircne (Corcanus), m., at Kilfeach, co. Tipperary.
8. Iorard (Erard), m., at Ratisbon. 
9. Fionnan (Finnan), m., at Lindisfarne, in 660.
10. Diarmaid (Dermot), m., at Inishcloghtan, L. Ree, in 540.
11. Ernan (Ernan), m., in Tory Island, in 7th century.
12. Conan (Conan), m., at Eigg Island.
13. Ailill (Elill or Frill), m., at Moville.
14. Flann (Flann), m., at Cullen, Cork.
15. Ite (Ita or Mida), f., at Killeedy, co. Limerick, in 570.
16. Fursa (Fursa), m., in Galway and Louth, died in France in 650.
17. Ultan (Ultan), m., in Cera, Mayo.
18. Rodan (Rodan), m., Sligo; also on August 24.
19. Blatmac (Blamac), m., Iona, 824.
20. Fechin (Fechin), m., Sligo, 665.
21. Segene (Segenius), m., Kilshine.
22. Colma (Colma), f.
23. Mocheallog (Kellach), m., of Tullyallon.
24. Manchan (Manohan), m., in 7th century, at Lemanaghan.
25. Guaire, (Guaire) m., at Aghadowney.
26. Conan (Conan), m., Isle of Man, 649.
27. Croine (Cruana), f., in Donegal.
28. Cainneire (Cannera), f., at Bantry. 
29. Eochaid (Eochy), m., at Clondallan.
30. Maelbrigde (Melbride), m., Moville and Ratisbon, Bavaria.
31. Aedan (Aidan), m., of Ferns (born in Cavan), in 632.

 Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), Friday 9 January 1914, page 7
Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 189 - 1954), Friday 16 January 1914, page 9
Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), Friday 23 January 1914, page 8 

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