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Gréagoír Ó hAodha (ecsbirm.demon.co.uk - 158.152.51.202)
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post Print Post

A little while back I posted about my girlfriend's name and whether there might be a corresponding name in Irish. Her name is Despina and it means 'ruler'. If nothing comes of that perhaps someone could tell me how to spell it phonetically in Irish?

Thanks,

Gréagoír

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Fiach (p275.as1.cra.dublin.eircom.net - 159.134.177.19)
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 05:26 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Gréagóir,

You might try an Irish name not too far removed in meaning e.g. Ríona (pr. REE-NA)[var. Ríonach, Ríoghnach, Rígnach] from the root Rí (king), meaning 'Queenly' according to Ó Corráin and Maguire in their book Gaelic Personal Names. They also cite GORMLAITH (pr. GURM-LA) from 'gorm' meaning illustrious or splendid and, 'flaith' meaning sovereignty. Gormlaith, wife of Donnchad, who died in 861 is called 'Queen of the Irish' in the ancient annals, they say.

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Gréagoír Ó hAodha (ecsbirm.demon.co.uk - 158.152.51.202)
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2001 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Thanks Fiach, appreciate the effort. Ríona = Despina, well it'll do for me! Any thoughts on how to spell it in Irish taking the syllables and writing them phonetically?

Gréagoír

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