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Dáire (Dáre, Dairi, Dara, Darius) is an Old Irish name which fell out of use at an early period, remaining restricted essentially to legendary and ancestral figures.

It may refer to:

Both Eoin MacNeill [1] and T. F. O'Rahilly believed that most, if not all, of these may derive from the same prehistoric or mythological figure, or have adopted each other's features to such an extent as to all be composites.


Meaning and origins

The meaning is both sexual "fruitful, fertile, rutty" and tumultuous "violent". The reconstructed form is *Dārios,[2] cognate to the Gaulish Dari(o) "tumult, rage", a form widely attested on the Continent, especially in personal names.[3]

The Darini were a population group or kingdom mentioned in Ptolemy's 2nd century Geography as living in south Antrim and north Down.[4] Julius Pokorny believed this to be a mistake for Darioni, from the groundform *Dārio-nion, reconstructed from the proto-historical Dáirine,[5] descendants of Dáire Doimthech / Dáire mac Dedad and ancestors of the historical Corcu Loígde. They were probably also ancestral, at least in part, to the Dál Fiatach, the historical Ulaid (< *Uluti / Uoluntii), mentioned by Ptolemy living adjacent to the Darini.

See also


  1. ^ MacNeill, pp. 61-2
  2. ^ O'Rahilly, pp. 2, 7
  3. ^ Delamarre
  4. ^ Ptolemy, Geography 2.1
  5. ^ Pokorny, p. 328


Dictionary of the Irish Language


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