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Ursula Forhan (k2a162-243.k2access.net - 209.170.162.243)
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 02:21 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Patience with the newbies, please. I am Ursula Amy (i.e. Female Bear - Beloved) and my daughter is Althea Faye(Hollyhock Faith/Fairy). What would the translation be? Our surname is Forhan, which I've been led to believe is not terribly common. The family was from Listowel/Castlemaine.

Thanks to all of you.

Ursula

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ursula forhan (k2a162-243.k2access.net - 209.170.162.243)
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 05:41 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Maybe I should rephrase this. We'd like either a translation or an Irish spelling.

Le meas,

Ursula

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Risteárd (syr-24-58-34-117.twcny.rr.com - 24.58.34.117)
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 - 06:34 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi Ursula,

English names that have an established Irish equivalent tend to be ones that were in common usage in Ireland in times past e.g James=Séamas etc. I don't think your's or your daughter's fall into this category. You might find this site useful though:

http://www.namenerds.com/irish/

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Ursula Forhan (k2a162-243.k2access.net - 209.170.162.243)
Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2002 - 10:26 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you, Risteárd! It is a very interesting site. I was able to find a couple of cognates of sorts for Amy. My daughter will probably have to go with the/a female saint of her birthdate. The whole process confirms my suspicions that my great-grandparents and gggparents were more about moving with the English or upperclass status quo (altho' they were Catholics) than otherwise (the girls in particular had names like Ursula Guinevere, Rhea, Stella, etc.).

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