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No book I have ever looked at has identified the meaning of this name. Is this the only name in the world whose meaning has been lost?
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Declan means: man of prayer.
The original Gaelic spelling of Declan was Deaglan. Deag, or Dag means good, and lan means full. So the translation of Declan is more accurately full of goodness.
Anglicized form of Déaglán. St. Déaglán was a 5th century Abbot and Bishop in Ireland.
The name "Declan" comes from Gaelic and means "Full of goodness".
Declan is a traditional Irish name, but it is also a 18th century Native Indian name (HEILTSUK nation). I named my son "Deklan" but changed the spelling to be original and unique.
The name Declan is Celt derived and most often pronounced deck-lan as mentioned, but I confirm that the trouble making description is rooted in the name. De: means to be removed from, and of course Clan: is family. So Declan is :removed from the family or separated from. I wouldn't think of naming a child with any negative associations. Life is hard enough without it. I'm very intriqued by the comments of trouble-maker personalities. Especially by the mother of a Declan. Very interesting.
I love how the site tells you "Meaning & History
Anglicized form of Irish Deaglán, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Declan was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland." Yet, still, people insist on giving meanings with no supporting background. Ie: "Man of prayer" or "Full of goodness". Why not "Really good Irish guy who prays more than most."?
Sometimes we must accept we can not find an answer and not just make one up. Its "OK", at least this name does trace back to the 5th century (if supplied info is correct). Just think of all those girls who find out one day that their name "Wendy" was just an updated character name from Peter Pan originally called "Windy"... Enjoy the discussion
In addition I think that "Declan" could have been as or more popular than "Dexter" for a serial killer.
A traditional Irish name meaning "man of prayer" or "full of goodness." St. Declan founded a monastery in Ireland, and St. Declan's Stone has purportedly been the site of many miracles.
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