Saturday, March 18, 2006

In The Spirit of Ruining Everyone's St. Patrick's Day Fun

Apparently most of those Irish names we like to think are so damn Irish, like Patrick and Sean and Mick, aren't Irish at all. Or rather they aren't Gaelic. They mostly date to a time when the Normans "influenced" (i.e invaded) Ireland and started baptizing everybody with Roman-sounding names like Patricius. St. Patrick, for instance, wasn't named Patrick at all. What WAS his real name? You'll have to read the rest here.


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