Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Many Irish legends revolve around the adventures of Fionn (also written as Finn) and the Fianna of Ireland. The Fainna are an exemplary band of warriors and mercenaries whose tales (or kerns) with Fionn as their captain, make up the Fenian Cycle of Irish Legend.
Fionn is the son of Uail Mac Baiscne, captain of the Fianna, who is murdered by a rival band of warriors, the Clan-Morna. As Fionn is still a young boy at the time of his father's demise, Fionn is hidden away in the keeping of his aunt, a Druid called Bodhmall. His education was furthered by a warrior woman, Luaths Lurgann, who schooled him in the martial arts. Fionn was a good student, who, perhaps, learned his lessons too well, and accidentally killed his teacher, Lurgann. Under the tutelage of these women, Fionn becomes the swiftest runner and swimmer, possessed of superhuman qualities.
Fionn is then sent to live with the Druid, Finneces (also Finegas). Finneces has waited since Fionn's birth for the Salmon of Wisdom to rise up in his well, so that he might catch him and eat him, thus gaining his knowledge. The Salmon of Wisdom is actually the bard Fintan, who has lived through many incarnations and thusly gathered so much knowledge. Once the Salmon has been caught, Finneces sets it to roast on a spit, and asks Fionn to keep an eye on it. The roasting Salmon of Knowledge spits hot juices on Fionn's thumb, causing him to thrust his thumb in his mouth to cool his finger. In that instant, Fionn gains all of the Salmon's knowledge. In future tales, Fionn has only to suck on his thumb, when in need of a solution or information, and he is transported to an altered state, where he receives knowledge through mystical visions.
Fionn is a predecessor to King Arthur, the Once and Future King, through the concept of multiple incarnations, and is said to have divine strength and knowledge. Like Arthur his adventures gather round him a similar court of Knights of the Round Table. It is suggested that at Fionn's death, he rests and waits for return, as the need for Arthur arises.
Among Fionn's companions in the Fianna, his two most beloved are his hunting dogs, Bran and Sceolan. Bran and Sceolan are actually Fionn's cousins. His mother's beautiful younger sister, Tuiren, is transformed into a dog by a vengeful fairy. During her life as a dog, Tuiren gives birth to two puppies, Bran and Sceolan. Tuiren is eventually rescued and returned to human form, and her get from her former life, become Fionn's most faithful companions.
© 2017 Barbara Fitzgerald
Nono on January 13, 2018:
Wow it is very help full thank you
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on January 30, 2017:
Wonderful collection of names. I liked several of them! I would just love to see a similar collection of female names.
Got a exotic dog? Here are more than 140 extic dog names to consider.
Looking for a name for your new puppy but is sick and tired of the common names that people are giving their furry friends these days? Perhaps you would want something that’s mundane, something rare and interesting for your equally rare and interesting dog. Giving your pet an exotic name would be a very good idea.
You will not find “Daisy”, “Buddy”, “Cuddles” or “Duke” in our list of exotic dog names, but you should find “Zagar”, “Jamiroquai”, or “Bjork”. Yes, they do sound weird to give to dog but they are exactly what they are – exotic.
Take inspiration from characters of exotic books like “Rountu”, “Atticus”, “Fell”, or “Azazel”. How about naming him after popular foreigners with exotic-sounding names like “Givenchy” (French designer), “Dali” (Spanish artist), and “Zdenka” (Czech athlete). How about any one of The Three Musketeers — Athos, Porthos and Aramis?
You can also take up foreign words with relevant translations. Examples include “Brayden” (Celtic for “brave”), “Calyx” (Greek for “very handsome”), “Keiko” (Japanese for “blessing”), “Kismet” (Persian for “destiny”) or “Lakota” (Native American for “friend”).
If you do decide to give your dog an exotic name, that’s great. Really, it is. But before you ultimately decide on it, try it out first. Say it out loud and think about calling your dog by it. How does it sound? If “heel Rumpelstilskin” seems a bit of a mouthful, you may want to reconsider. Or try to think about giving him a nickname (in this case maybe “Rum” or “Rumble”).
Below is a list of more than 140 exotic dog names for your dog. Browse or study the list and have fun. If you don’t find a name you like, return to the main puppy names page for more than 4,000 fun and interesting options.
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Family heritage is huge in Scotland, and many people all over the world of Scottish descent proudly bear their surname or know which Scottish clan they belong to. While there are an abundance of surnames and clans for Scottish dog names, here are a few of the most popular to get you started.