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The Many Names of Saoirse Ronan

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I thought I might finally profile the names worn by an actor who basically the same age as I for once. Funny that. Saoirse Ronan is also a brilliant actress and I honestly love all the names of the characters she has played. Especially Daisy which is the name of two of her characters.

Rhiannon-Derived from an old Celtic name it means “great queen.” In Welsh mythology Rhiannon was the goddess of fertility and the moon.
Orla-There are two origins for this name. Firstly Orla is the anglicised form of Órfhlaith, an Irish name meaning “golden princess.” Orla is also a masculine Danish name, the meaning is unknown though.
Celia-The feminine form of the Roman family name Caelius which means “heaven.” It can also be used as the short form of Cecilia. 
Briony-A variant of Bryony, derived from Greek bryo meaning “to swell.” It is also the name of a type of vine.
Benji-A diminutive of Benjamin, a Hebrew name meaning “son of the south,” or “son of the right hand.”
Susie-A diminituve of names like Susan and Susanna both meaning “lily.” Although it could mean “rose” as well.
Arrietty-A name supposedly made up by Mary Norton for her novel The Borrowers, its more likely derived from Harriet which means “home ruler.”
Irena-The latinate form of Irene, from Greek Eirene meaning “peace.”
Daisy
-The English word for the white flower, from Old English meaning “day’s eye.”
Eleanor
-The Old French form of the Occitan name Alienor meaning “the other Aenor.”
Talia
-A variant of Hebrew Talya meaning “dew from God.”

And lastly let’s look at Saoirse‘s name:

Pronounced “Seer-sha” it is an unisex name that became popular during the Republican movement (1920s) in Northern Ireland. It means “freedom” and therefore was used as a motto for many Republican groups. Because of this it is quite the patriotic name. Although unisex Saoirse is more popular for girls.

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