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Diarmuid

Meaning, pronunciation and origin of the Irish boys name Diarmuid

How do you pronounce Irish name Diarmuid?

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What does Diarmuid mean?

“Without enemy”. The name of early kings, legendary heroes and saints, Diarmuid was the lover of Grainne and the most beloved of that warrior band, the Fianna (read the legend). Grainne, as the daughter of Cormac Mac Airt, the High King of Tara, was betrothed to a much older man, the legendary Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend). When Grainne saw Fionn at the wedding banquet she realized he “”was not for her”” and put a a “geis”, a spell, on his nephew, Diarmuid, to run away with her. For sixteen years the lovers were forced to roam the countryside, all the time knowing that they were being constantly pursued by the furious Fionn. Each night they made a fresh bed in a sheltered spot and legend has it that these beds can still be seen today in many remote places. (Read the legend of Diarmuid and Grainne).

What is the Gender for the Irish name Diarmuid?

Boy | Male

Is Diarmuid a boy or girl name?

Diarmuid is traditionally given to a boy.

How do you spell Diarmuid in Irish?

It is spelled “Diarmuid”.

How do you pronounce the Irish name Diarmuid?

It is pronounced “deer + mid”.

What is the English equivalent names of Diarmuid?

The English version of Diarmuid is Dermot (pron. “Der+mit”).

Is Diarmuid a rare name?

Diarmuid has been moderately popular in Ireland peaking at #82 in 2007. In 2021, Diarmuid ranked #164 for all Irish baby boys names. Source: cso.ie

Who were Diarmuid and Gráinne?

Grainne was the daughter of Cormac MacAirt, the high king of Ireland. No woman could compare to her beauty. Many princes and chieftains wanted to marry her but Grainne was proud and she spurned each one after another. Fionn MacCool wanted to marry again after his wife died. He heard about Gráinne.

He went to Gráinne and asked her to marry him. She said yes. That night a great party was given in honour of them. But Grainne fell in love with Diarmuid, one of Fionn’s warriors. Grainne put a sleeping draught to everyone except Diarmuid and tried to persuade him to take her away. But Diarmuid was loyal to Fionn. So Grainne put a magic spell on Diarmuid. If he did not marry her he would die from the magical powers. If he took her, Fionn would destroy him. So they left Tara and crossed the river Shannon. Read the full legend of The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne.

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