Seems reasonable, but the first time I’ve seen it.
Think Brian Boru and the battle of Clantorf, 10th century.
Possibly at that time, Boru was just another first name, or parents’ first name. Think it was a bit early for last names.
Possibly at that time, Boru was just another first name, or parents first name. Think it was a bit early for last names.
High King Brian's *last* name was, after ancient Irich custom, Mac Cennedi, or "son of Cennedi (which would interestingly enough, be rendered today as "Kennedy"). The "Boru" in the name was actually an appelation which was given to him by the people at large for his ability to defeat his enemies and means "of the tributes"...
Clontarf was in 1014. According to Wikipedia, Brian Boru’s father’s name was Cennetig, which I assume is the medieval Gaelic form of “Kennedy.” The O’Briens take their name from Brian Boru.