What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? Well, quite often, quite a bit actually.

For instance; Wong, Hashimoto, Singh, O’Riordan, Chapelle, Evans and MacDonald are surnames that are absolute giveaways in determining a person’s ethnic origin.

Given names are not always as clear a determiner. One might say that name like Coleen and Erin suggest Irish heritage; yet they are names that have been adopted by many cultures.

There are ceretainly Irish given names that you can say – with virtual certainty – could only belong to a native son or daughter of the Emerald Isles.

Like names gleaned from ancient folklore such as; Aodh or Aoibheann. Or classic Irish names such as Seamus and Siobhan. Then there are names although once of Irish origin, have been usurped by other cultures; like Katheen or Cassidy.

Enter Cormac O’Byrne from Dublin. you might think that Cormac is a name that you would find only in Ireland; but, it is apparently quite commonly used in Australia (still, likely only by those claiming Irish roots).

But Cormac is 100% Irish (as we would have wagered!) He arrived in Toronto in the fall of 2010 with a working/holiday visa in hand. To begin with, his accent is somewhat neutral, lacking the common Irish lilt.

One of the first things you notice about Cormac is that he is in pretty good shape. Beyond the conditioning bestowed by youth alone. He has a rather athletic aura.

It’s a small wonder he has been hired by Good Life Fitness Gym to work as a personal trainer.

(BTW, I looked up the etymology of the name “Cormac”.  I won’t tell you what it means. You’ll have to look it up yourself. You see, it’s not very flattering.)

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