What is winter? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Eoin C. Bairéad ebairead at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 25 10:17:03 UTC 2010


Bairéad is normally anglicised Barrett, being originally an Irish composite
noun that was both phonologically close to that surname and coincidentally
semantically close to a possible origin of it - Barrette (Old French)
meaning cap.

Eoin came from the Latin Ioannes, Seán from the Anglo-Norman Jean. Both now
John in English.

Mairéad is a Irish spelling of the Persian/Greek/Latin/Anglo-Norman/English
name Margaret.

2010/2/25 Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton2 at btinternet.com>

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> > Secondly, Eoin is the earlier Irish form of John, predating the more
> > common
> > Se=C3=A1n by several centuries. It's sort of pronounced like Owen.
> Does the surname Bairéad relate to the given name Máiréad?   [Eoin would
> seem to be closer than Sean to the (originally) Scots (gaelic) Iain,
> corresponding to SE "John".]
> Robin
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Eoin C. Bairéad
Dublin, Ireland
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