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Scottish Gaelic Given Names for Women:
Names of Scottish Gaels from Non-Gaelic Scottish Sources with Irish Gaelic Forms

Draft Edition

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Last updated 11 Jan 2002

This is a draft edition! It is very incomplete! See the first part of this article. You have been warned!

Pre-1600 Scottish Gaelic Evidence

As yet, no pre-1600 Scottish Gaelic examples of the name have been found.

Pre-1600 Latin Language Evidence

Pre-1600 Scots Language Evidence

These examples may actually be from Latin documents:

Pre-1600 Irish Gaelic Evidence

The Annála Connacht mention the following Irish women in entries for the years indicated:[O'Brien

But these are the names of Irish Gaels, not Scottish Gaels.

So while this shows that 13th through 15th century Irish Gaels were using a name that was recorded in Gaelic documents as <Ragnailt>, it does not tell us whether medieval Scottish Gaels were also using the name and, if so, whether they used the same form of the name.

Modern Scottish Gaelic Evidence

"Raodhailt ... Occasional. A form of Raonaid. Occasionally spelt Raonaild. See Raonaid."[Morgan, s.n. Raodhailt] 

"Raonaid ... Common. Derived from Norse Ragnhildis, meaning God's fight. Popularly associated with Rachel. Occasionally spelt Raghnaid. See Raodhailt."[Morgan, s.n. Raonaid] 

Speculative Pre-1600 Scottish Gaelic Form

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