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117Re: [bowesgenealogy] Possible Vikings Named Buadach? Married into an O'Buadhaigh Line of Descent?

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  • Allen Bowes
    Feb 1, 2009
      There are a few identifiable Norse names that have made the transition from obvious Scandinavian beginnings into an Gaelic version, O'Buadhach/O'Buadaigh is not one of them. Sure they could have adopted a Gaelic name, several hundred years later, but so could an English, Welsh or Scottish settler of the 1600's! The question that begs to be asked, would that be likely?
      As discussed previously the tradition amongst Scandinavian peoples was to use predominently patriarchical names,  thus Gunnar-Son, Erik-Son etc. Plus try to imagine  what was an isolated and vulnerable Viking community in a sea of Gaelic culture, one imagines a seige mentality would prevail amongst a culture proud of its religion, language and traditions. Hardly a picture of cultural assimilation.
      I still feel that any Bowes in Ireland who seem to display a 'Scandinavian' genetic value should look to later Saxon (English) settlement in Ireland, bearing in mind it is almost impossible to differentiate between Danish, Saxon and Norwegian DYS values (the emerged from the same geographic regions with only three hundred years between them).
      --- On Sun, 1/2/09, mhbowes11 <martha.bowes@...> wrote:
      From: mhbowes11 <martha.bowes@...>
      Subject: [bowesgenealogy] Possible Vikings Named Buadach? Married into an O'Buadhaigh Line of Descent?
      To: bowesgenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, 1 February, 2009, 10:07 PM

      According to Woulfe's introduction, early Irish people attributed Irish names to some
      individual Norsemen. Under this scenario, a Norseman could have been called Buadach
      for "victorious" and later anglicized it. Another possibility is a Viking intermarrying with a
      brach of descent from the O'Buadhaigh sept and taking the name, then later anglicizing
      it ... These Viking/Irish intermarriages were fairly common. I read years ago of male
      settlers from other countries marrying into Irish families and taking the wife's Irish name,
      though Woulfe emphasizes the opposite - intermarriages where Irish gals took the Norse
      names. My understanding from earlier reading is that in that culture the emphasis wasn't
      on the name so much as the association it provided. It was a question of taking the name
      of the family that had the desired social connections, wealth, political alliances, etc.

      Woulfe says:

      "At the period of the Norse invasions, hereditary surnames ... were not yet in vogue, and
      whatever surnames were adopted at a later period by the Norsemen who settled down in
      Ireland were formed after the Irish fashion by prefixing O or Mac to the names or other
      designations of their ancestors. Meanwhile through intermarriages and other alliances of
      friendship with the Irish, they had been adopting Irish personal names [enter Buadach?]."
      p. xxiv

      "As a consequence of this interchange of names between the two nations, a name,
      whether Norse or Irish, was, at the period when surnames were being formed, [even that
      long ago] no sure indication of nationality, and for the same reason it is now impossible
      to say, judging merely from the surname, whether a family is of Irish or Norse descent." p. xxv

      http://books. google.com/ books?id= GBmV706lfVYC& printsec= frontcover# PPR25,M1

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