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Origin of the name DAIRINE.
Etymology of the name DAIRINE.
Meaning of the baby name DAIRINE.


DAIRINE.  Irish.  From the name of the tribe, Dairine, or the Dairfhine, meaning "descendants of Daire ("oak wood")."  Also see Darina.

    We next come to a river mouth called Οὐινδέριος (v.l. Ἰουνδέριος), which from its position ought to be near Dundrum Bay, or perhaps Carlingford Lough, and a tribe called Δάρῖνοι (v.l. Δάρνοι).  This name recalls the Dairine, or descendants of Daire Sirchreachtach or the Plunderer, called Dairfhine in the "Book of Rights"; but the silent fh was possibly added to bring in the word fine, a tribe, as an element in the composition.  At any rate the spelling Dairine, which was in itself a woman's name, has ample authority in old MSS.  The best known branch of this line was the Corea Laidhe, or descendants of Lughaidh Laidhe, son of the aforesaid Daire.  Their territory, in historic times, was in the south-west of the Co. Cork.  Indeed, "though widely did their tribes extend throughout Ireland," I cannot find that they are stated to have left descendants in Ulster.  Some of their early heroes, however, seem to have been connected with Ulster.  Thus, Lughaidh Mál, said to have been a seventh son of Daire, gained a victory over the Ulstermen at Carn Mail in Magh Uladh or Magh Murthemne.  The Dairine or Corea Laidhe were not of Milesian descent, but were classed under the line of Ith, the meaning of which probably is that they were a non-Celtic people.Ptolemy's Map of Ireland. (The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, v.4, 1894).


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