Aifric (name)

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Aifric (Middle Irish Affraic) is an Irish language female given name.[1] Affraic is attested as a name borne by women of Gaelic background, between the 8th and 15th centuries.[1][2] Described as "now very rare" in 1923,[1] it has been revived somewhat in Ireland as part of a general increase in the use of Irish-language names.

Bearers of the name[edit]



  • Aifric - title character of an Irish-language TV series aimed at young teenagers.[6]
  • "When Aifric and I put in at that little creek", a poem by Paul Muldoon.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Woulfe, Patrick (1923). "Aifric". Irish names and surnames.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g O'Brien, Kathleen M. (26 March 2008). "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Affraic". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  3. ^ Oram, Richard Duncan (1988), The lordship of Galloway c. 1000 to c. 1250 (PhD thesis), University of St Andrews, pp. 79–80
  4. ^ "Aifric Mac Aodha". The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Queen's University Belfast. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. ^ Singh, Anita (8 Mar 2012). "Orange Prize for Fiction: ex-City trader on longlist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ "New Series of TG4 s Aifric In Production". The Irish Film & Television Network. 3 Aug 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ Quinney, Laura (23 October 2003). "In the Studebaker (review of Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon)". London Review of Books. 25 (20): 20–21. Retrieved 17 January 2014.