November 9, 2016
My name is Alasdair. I'm looking for some help finding the origin of the name 'Keirda' . This is my partners forename and she has never really knew where it came from.
All we have been told is that it is Irish Gaelic, however I have not been able to find any reference of it myself?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
December 16, 2015
May 6, 2012
I suspect that 'Keir-' is an anglicisation of 'ciar' ('dark'). You see the same shift with Keira/Kiera for Ciara.
If you search online for 'Ciarda', you get a few hits which mention it being a Gaelic female name (though how reliable many of these sites are I don't know!). This other forum has a little discussion on it: https://www.behindthename.com/bb/fact/3064184. Here, they list a few female bearers of the name Ciarda, and also mention potential origin. So, my overall thought is that your partner's name is probably an anglicised form of 'Ciarda' or similar.
November 8, 2015
Good afternoon Alasdair,
My input is that the meaning could be a nickname/pet name from the Gaelic cearr "wrong handed", anglicised as Ceir, Keir, Kerrs meaning " The left handed one".
The OG "da" means "there", but by adding prepositions [cp. Keir], it changes their whole meaning. I will keep looking and report back if I can find any more.
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