Nicholas (Nicky): English, French
From the Greek name Nikolaos which meant “victory of the people” from Greek nike “victory” and laos “people”. Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is now known as Santa Claus, the bringer of Christmas presents. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, and Greece and Russia. Nicholas was also the name of two czars of Russia and five popes.
Bernard: English, French
Derived from the Germanic element bern “bear” combined with hard “brave, hardy”. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was George Bernard Shaw, a playwright and essayist from Ireland.
James: English, Biblical
English form of the Latin Jacomus which was derived from Iakobos, the New Testament Greek form of JACOB. In the New Testament James is an important apostle, the brother of the apostle John. According to the Book of Acts he was beheaded by Herod Agrippa. Another James is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus. Kings of England and Scotland have borne this name. Other famous bearers include the inventor of the steam engine James Watt, the explorer Captain James Cook, and the novelist and poet James Joyce.
Adam: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Biblical
This is the Hebrew word for “man”. It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew Adam meaning “to be red”, referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Assyrian adamu meaning “to make”. According to Genesis in the Old Testament Adam was created from the earth by God (there is a word play on Hebrew adamah “earth”). He and Eve were supposedly the first humans, living happily in the Garden of Eden until Adam ate a forbidden fruit given to him by Eve.
Byrne : Irish
The O Byrne (Ó Broin) family originally came from Kildare until the Anglo-Normans arrived and they were driven south to the Wicklow mountains. The Byrne surname is still very common in Wicklow, as well as Dublin and Louth. Ó Broin, Byrne, with or without the “O” prefix is a common Irish name. Ó Broin comes from Branach “raven”, a son of Maolmordha, 11th C. King of Leinster. Byrne. Wicklow.
Alternate Surname Spellings are O’BYRNE, O’BEIRNE, O’BERNE, BERNE, BEIRNE. Byrne is now one of the top ten most common surnames in Ireland.
Coat of Arms: A red shield with a silver chevron between three silver hands.
Crest: A mermaid combing her hair.
Motto: (Certavi et vici ) – I have fought and conquered.