Many people must often have wondered why I give my
dogs such strange names. Well, there are explanations to all of them and I will try to
give you some of them here.
The reason for giving my dogs these Gaelic names is
of course my great love for Ireland and it's culture. I find all the old tales fascinating.
My first pup ever to be born was "McCormac
a stoir". Probably the strangest name of them all. But she meant something
special and her name means "beloved". And she is beloved. She is
enormously charming and jumps right into everyones hearts.
Then "Áine of South Munster" was born. A very happy little
lady. And she still is today. "Áine" means "joy" and she is
named after one of the old queens of South Munster.
My first male pup I named "Aidan of Lindisfarne". Aidan means "little
Another wheaten bitch came and I named her "Aisling" which
means "dream or vision".
Then there is "McCormac Irish Alannah". I chose to put Irish in
the front because Alannah is spelled the Irish way. It means "O' child".
That was the "members" of the A-litter who came into this world on the 9th of
A-litter, from left; Áine of South Munster, Irish Alannah,
Aidan of Lindisfarne, a stoir and Aisling.
Then on December the 24th 1998 the B-litter
was very tempting to give them Christmas names, but my love for Ireland conquered in the
The first pup was extremly lively. She screamed for milk right after she was born and
crawled around to find her mother. That's why I immidiately knew her name.
Beatha Bahee". It means "life".
Then came "McCormac Beolagh O'Dalys". His name means "little
foolish one" and was used among the O'Dalys.
"McCormac Bairbre" came... She was one of those pups who just
eats and eats. Her name means "strange", but was also the name of an
And last but not least came "Broc". The ideal
name for a Glen. It means "badger" which was the animal the Glen used
The C-litter came into this world on the 27th
of March 2001. A total of 6 puppies, 4 males and 2 bitches. So it's a good thing
there are a lot of Gaelic names which begin with a C.
The first puppy was a big lovely strong wheaten male pup, who of course had to
be called "Mccormac Cairbre of Gabhra", which means "strong man".
A legendary Irish bearer of the name Cairbre once won a huge fight/war at the
town of Gabhra.
Then another male pup arrived, this time a brindle one, who had a hard time
getting out. He was turned the wrong way in the birth cannel. But he came out
and I must admit I actually thought we had lost him, but suddenly he took a
breath. A real little survivor and he got the name "McCormac Conall of
Iniskeel" which means "strong as a wolf".
A brindle bitch came and she was named "McCormac Cáelainn of Connacht"
which means "slender fair lady". A well knowned bearer of this name
was from Connacht.
Another brindle male pup came into this world. "McCormac Caernach of
Diarmait", which means "victorious, triumphant". Cearnach was
son of the high-king Diarmait.
A small fine wheaten bitch puppy was born very quickly. She was named "McCormac
Caintigern Cualann", which means "gentle lady". Caintigern
was married to Cellach Cualann, king of Leinster.
Finally another male arrived, very dark blue with almost no brindle. When he was
small he almost looked black and he was named "McCormac Ciarán of
Clonsast", after an old saint. The name Ciarán means "dark, black".
The 19th of August we had our 4th litter.
This litter was not born at our place, but in stead at our puppy buyers place.
Alison and Annette who are the owners of CH McCormac Bairbre. There were only
two puppies and unfortunately the bitch died shortly after the birth. So there
was one little male puppy left. Alison descriped him as being very brown, very
brindle. So he got the name Donn, which means brown. After that name he is also
called Leanbh Aonair, which means only child. So his full name
Leanbh Aonair", meaning The brown only child.
Then it was McCormac Beatha Bahee's turn to
have her first litter of puppies and this came into the world on May the 7th
2002. A total of 8 puppies, 3 males and 5 bitches, so I started studying gaelic
names which started with an E.
The first puppy was a bitch and she got the name "McCormac Éireannach"
which means "Irish woman or belonging to the Érainn, an old Irish tribe".
Then a big lovely female puppy came and she got the name
Eascrach of Dunchad" which means "blooming. Eascrach was daughter of Dúnchad,
an early Saint of North Leinster.
As the third puppy came the first little man. A lovely dark red puppy who got
the name "McCormac Earc of Slane" which means "dark red". A
bishop of Slane was named Earc.
Another dark red lady followed. A really powerful girl with lots of life. She
was named "McCormac Ériu", the old ordinary name for Ireland, but also the
name of a goddess.
Then came "McCormac Étain Echraide". A very beautiful and feminin puppy
and her name is also the name of "one of Ireland's most beautiful girls".
There are countless stories about the beautiful Étain who was turned into a fly
and was then swollowed by a women who gave birth to the beautiful Étain once
Another little male puppy came into this world. And of course he was named
Éamonn". A classic Irish name, but also the name of his ancestor Knockroe
Eamonn of Bilbo. Éamonn means "protection and comes from the expression "maide Éamuinn",
a door-bar to keep rapparees out.
At this stage the night was not young anymore and the sunrise waited not amny
hours away. Another little female puppy was born and she got the beautiful name
"McCormac Éiri Na Gréine",
which means sunrise.
And last but not least another little male puppy was born. The whelping went
well for all of them, but of course Bahee was more experienced at this stage, so
this one was even more easy. Therefore the puppy got the name
"McCormac Eoghan Mór",
which means "well-born". Besides taht it was the name of an ancestor
of the early kings of Munster.
Eight little glen boys were
whelped by a stoir on the 28th of April 2003. So the books really came into use
this time. Eight names had to be found and all of them boys.
The first one was a blue brindle lad and he got the name "McCormac Fáilbhe
Fland". It means "lively, sprightly" and the name of an early king of Munster.
little blue brindle pup came and he was the puppy who was a few days to gain
weight, so he was the smallest one in the beginning. He was name
Fionntán of Clonenagh". It
means "little fair one" and was the name of a sixth-century abbot of Clonenagh.
Yet another blue brindle pup.
He was named
"McCormac Fearchar Frassach"
which means "friendly". Fearchar was son of the High-King Niall Frassach.
The first wheaten puppy came
along. And of course he had to have the name
"McCormac Flann Feórna".
It means "bright red, blood red". Flann Feórna was king of Ciarraige.
"McCormac Fionn mac Cumaill".
He got that name because he had a white spot on the chest. Fionn means "bright
white". Fionn mac Cumaill (Finn MacCool) is the famous hero of the Finn-tales.
Another wheaten puppy came. He
"McCormac Fráech mac Fidaig".
Fráech means "heather" which there is a lot of in Glen of Imaal. Fráech mac
Fidaig was according to saga the most handsome man in all Ireland and Scotland.
The last wheaten puppy was
born. A strong puppy who got the name
"McCormac Fearghus mac Róich".
It means "man-strenght". Fearghus mac Róich was one of the great Ulster warriors.
The last little blue brindle
puppy was born. He was strong from the beginning. Growing fast. So he was a
little wolf and got the name "McCormac Fáelán Find".
It means "wolf". Fáelán Find was a saint.
On the 14th of July two
nice glen puppies were born. The male puppy was a big and sturdy puppy. As there
were only two puppies to drink all the milk, he soon became a real darling. He
got the name "McCormac Groí Gadhar" which means big or strong dog.
The female puppy was a nice little girl and her start in this life was a miracle
in it self. She got the beautiful name "McCormac Gleoite Gael", which means
beautiful Irish woman.
From left: McCormac Gleoite Gael and McCormac Groí Gadhar
Another Christmas litter
came into the world on the 25th of December 2004.
The letter H is in the Gaelic alphabet, but not as initial. I therefore skipped
H and this litter became my I litter. McCormac Caintigern Cualann a.k.a. Mollie
became a mother for the first time and she handled both whelping and puppies
very well. She got 8 puppies, first 6 bitches and in the end two males.
The first bitch puppy was named "McCormac Iora Rua" which means "red
After her came "McCormac Inghean Bhuidhe". It's the name of an
Irish goddess for agriculture. She represents unselfishness and as creator of
The next puppy was a blue brindle bitch puppy. She was the biggest one from the
beginning and was almost unsaturable. She demanded to get milk all the time.
Every time she woke up, she started to scream, if her mother wasn't ready for
her. Mollie soon learned it was just the thirsty puppy again. It was funny to
see how she knew she didn't have to take this puppy so serious, but when the
others made a sound she was there right away. The puppy therefore got the name "McCormac Íte of Déise".
Íte means "thirst" and is the name of an Irish legend, who came from Déise in Waterford.
The next puppy was a wheaten girl. She was named "McCormac Ignis Fatuus".
It's the name of the Irish goddess for weather. She is also known as Irish
fog/mist or light goddess.
After the first four puppies Mollie took a break. A rather long break, so we had
to help her a little to start again. Afterwards you do think she would probably
have started by herself again. She just needed a break. The next puppy was
therefore born in the car. She therefore was named "McCormac Immram". It
means "rowing about". It was the name for the old fairytales about the
travelling, which was done in the old Irish stories.
The last bitch puppy was born and was blue brindle. She got the name "McCormac
Irnan of Conaran". Irnan is the Irish goddess for power. She was daughter of
Conaran and sword warrior for Dé Danaan.
Now it was time for the first boy after the six girls. He was named "McCormac
Iarla Gearoidh". It means Earl Gerald. He is an old legend who was known for
being able to change shape. He is also known as the sleeping hero, who will wake
up when there is trouble.
The last puppy was named "McCormac Iubdan". He was the king of the
Leprecauns, the little Irish fairytale people in green dresses, who makes shoes.
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