[Ir., from root word meaning: fruitful, to make fruitful; fertile].
One of the commonest names in early Ireland, borne by innumerable historical and non-historical figures. Eoin MacNeill argued that the different figures bearing this name, despite different epithets, either are identical or have borrowed each other's qualities and histories so as to be essentially composite personalities: Celtic Ireland (Dublin and London, 1921), 61. Dara is a phonetic anglicization found in popular collections of folklore. Should be distinguished from Doire [Ir., oak grove], the Irish name for Derry (or Londonderry).