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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Claddagh is of Gaelic origin and means ""Love, Loyalty and Friendship". The word Claddagh comes from the Irish word for shore (cladaigh/ an cladach), and is the name of the small Irish fishing village where the River Corrib flows into Galway Bay. Irish legends tell of a ringmaker from the village who was kidnapped by Algerian pirates during the 1600s. He fashioned a ring while in captivity, which portrayed a crown, sitting atop a heart, which was clasped by two hands. He gave the ring to his fiancee Nuala upon his return to Ireland, and named it the Claddagh ring after their home village. The heart was said to represent love, the crown loyalty, and the hands friendship.".
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  1. An area of Galway city
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  • How unique is the name Claddagh? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Claddagh was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Claddagh: Your name in reverse order is Hgaddalc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alcaghdd. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Claddagh born Mar 8, 1986

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Borneo approximately on 1175. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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