Origin of the name DIARMAID.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name DIARMAID.
name, variously rendered "free man," "god of arms,"
"oak-father." Also see Dermot,
Diarmaid Ferriter, an Irish author,
historian, and university lecturer. Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch, an English Professor
of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of
St. Cross College, Oxford. (Wiki)
signifying the god of arms, is derived from "Dia," a
god, and "Armaid," the genitive plural of
"Arm." As an epithet, it was applied to a warrior
equivalent to one of Homer's heroesó"Dios Krateros Diomedes,"
the god-like fighting Diomede. This name is Anglicised
"Diarmot," and has become a sirname, as MacDiarmada or
MacDermotts, princes of Moylurg, in the country of Roscommon. (Irish Pedigrees; or, The
Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation, O'Hart, 1892).
Of all the
heroes of the Feen, Diarmaid, was one of the
most distinguished, and though not brought in by Macpherson, his legend
bears the same sort of relation to the main cycle, as does the story of
Orlando to the Court of Charlemagne, or that of Lancelot to the Round
continued in use both in Scotland and Ireland; and in historical times
it was Diarmaid, king of Leinster, who acted the part of Paris, and
ruined his country by the abduction of Dervorgil of Meath; and then,
when forced by the superior king to give up the lady, revenged himself
by calling in Earl Strongbow and the English.
(History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).