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Sibset of the Week: The Brennans (Bhraonáins)

Enya Brennan, from thejackall.ro

Today’s family is not a fictional one like last weeks, rather, one of the most influential families in the world of Irish music. I’m amazed that I’ve yet to mention this name, or indeed failed to mention many Irish families at all in this feature. Since this family today consists of a massive nine children, we’re going a long way to rectify that today.

The Brennans rose to prominence through the family band, Clannad, which first became active in the 1970s and hit the big time at the beginning of the 1980s. Perhaps the best known member is Enya, who has made a name for herself through her solo career she pursued after leaving the band in 1981. The band disbanded in 1997, and re-formed in 2007; they are due to start touring in North America in September 2012.

Their parents are called Leo and Máire ‘Baba’, and the name of their children are:

Máire ‘Moya’

Leon

Ciarán

Dierdre

Pól

Olive

Eithne ‘ Enya’

Bartley

Brídín

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Name Spot of the Week: London

The Olympic Rings at St. Pancras station, London. I found out last week that I managed to get two tickets in the 2012 draw 🙂

As you probably know by now, I spent all weekend in London, and it’s quite easily my most favourite place on Earth. But maybe that’s because I always meet the nice people in London. Either way, it made for some interesting name spotting:

Abdullahmani

Avril

Baxter

Bertram

Guinevere

Huw

Jenson

Lynden (Male)

Nell

Opal

Pancras (I travelled through St. Pancras station, one day I will look him up)

Vera

A few days ago I saw Ben Fogle’s announcement that he’d welcomed his second child, a little girl named Iona. Such a lovely name, and she joins elder brother Ludo. Personally, I always think of Ludo Decker, Til Schweiger’s character in the german film: Keinohrhasen, when I hear Ludo.

The aim of my London trip was to go and see All’s Well that Ends Well at Shakespeare’s Globe, and I came away with a love of the name Parolles, a character in the play.

Whilst in London, I made time to finally go through the Cabinet War Rooms, which in itself was a treasure trove of names:

Clarita ‘Clara’

Clement

Clementine (known as Clemmie)

Hastings

Kingsley

Leonie

Magnolia

Olive

Randolph

Winston

And whilst I remember, the picture in a recent  post is not Embankment, it’s Bank. Specifically the central line station at Bank. It’s nice to have that issue cleared up.

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Coming Soon, to an all-girl preschool near you

Think about it. Twenty years ago, commonplace names we know now such as Alfie and Jasmine were much less popular. Here are just a few names I can imagine becoming much more popular in the coming twenty years:

Old Lady Chic

Edith

Dorothy

Olive

Maude

Weird, but wonderful

Shoshana.

Araminta. Popular amongst the London Telegraph namers, she’s sure to trickle down to use by us mere mortals.

Belphoebe. She has a lovely sound, and you can use the popular Belle nickname.

The Thorns of Rose

Rosemary

Rosalie

Rosamund

The Goddesses

Artemis. Eoin Colfer claimed this name as the name of his male character, so this name could easily be the next Ashley/ Madison.

Cynthia. From Greek Mythology.

Diana. From Greek Mythology. The late Princess of Wales

Hera. From Greek Mythology.

Nuala. From Irish Mythology, pronounced NOO-la,

The New Emily/Emma

Emmeline

Emmanuelle

Emer. The name of an Irish Goddess, who possessed the six virtues of womanhood.

Emery. Emory

Emerson

Others to look out for:

Adele

Lila

Leonie

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