Meaning: “Son of one without envy; Son of a freeman.”
Nicknames: Kerm, Kermie, Kurt
Detail: From the Irish surname Mac Dhiarmaid, which means “son of Diarmaid”. Diarmaid (DEER-mid) means either “freeman” or “without envy” in Irish. Dermot would be English speaker friendly spelling of Diarmaid.
This name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.
Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola
Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”
The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh(dair-uh-vair-uh), 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir”
Detail: According to Irish mythology, Sive refuses the advances of the Druid Fear Doirche who then casts a spell on her making her take the form of a deer. Sive is rescued by Fionn mac Cumhail (fyun) and discovers that spell is broken while under Fionn‘s protection. They have a son (Oisin (uh-SHEEN)) together but eventually Sive is tricked into leaving Fionn‘s house and is turned back into a deer.