> while perusing a book entitled "Irish Kings and Their Wars" I had run =
> across a name, which is the earliest reference I had found to my name, =
> it is spelled Earca.
This is likely completely unrelated to the name <Erika>. <Erika> is
a modern feminization of the name <Erik>, which is a late-period
Swedish and Norwegian from of the Old Norse name <Eirikr>. <Earca>,
on the other hand, is an inflected form of <Earc>, a late-period
spelling of the early Irish Gaelic masculine name <Ercc> or <Erc>.
This masculine name was fairly common in early Irish pedigrees.
> bind the names together. I would like the end result to be Earca Linn =
> (decendent of) Dal Riata. The 'decendent of' replaced by the Irish=20=20
> Gaelic equivalent.. . .
It wouldn't be a good idea to use a byname meaning "of Dalriada".
So far, no one has been able to find any evidence that bynames based
on early tribal names, like <of Dalriada> were used by anyone
other than the rulers of those tribes, so using such a byname is
tantamount to claiming that you are a ruler of that tribe. While you
can chose a name which claims rank like this, it's generally frowned
upon, and such names are not registerable. Here is a precedent that
the Laurel Queen of Arms set concerning the byname <of Dalriada> which
"Robin of Dalriada. Name.
Dalriada was submitted as an English name for a Gaelic kingdom that
existed from the 5th C to the mid-9th C. Primarily, Dal Riada was the
name of the tribe who inhabited this area. The name used to refer to this
kingdom derives from the name of this tribe.
The fundamental problem with this name is that no evidence has been
found that any of the Dal tribe names (Dal Riada, Dal Cais, Dal nAriade,
et cetera) were used in personal names except as part of a ruler's title.
For example, Donnchadh �� Corr��in & Mavis Cournane, ed., "The Annals of
, entry U778.7, lists
"Aedh Finn m. Echdach rex Dal Riati". The phrase "rex Dal Riati" indicates
that Aedh was king of the Dal Riada.
Lacking evidence that the name of anyone other than rulers would
include a Dal tribe name, a byname such as the submitted of Dalriada,
even in a Lingua Anglica form, is a claim to be a ruler of this tribe
and so violates [Rules for Submissions] VI.1 "Names Claiming Rank" which
states that "Names containing titles, territorial claims, or allusions to
rank are considered presumptuous"."
For an early Irish name, you'll want to start off by looking at the
names in the Irish Annals, specifically:
"Index of Names in Irish Annals: Feminine Given Names 701 - 1050"
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