John Darcy


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John Darcy was born in 1426, in Templenewsam, Yorkshire, England.

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    1455 · Wars of the Roses

    Age 29

    Wars of the Roses was a series of English civil wars for control of the throne of England between the royal families House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name of the war was derived as the red rose was the symbol of the Lancastrians and the white rose was the symbol of the Yorks.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Irish Eamon, Brendan, Eamonn, Maeve, Malachy, Niamh, Seamus. French Gisele, Julien, Normand, Alain, Armand, Cecile, Clemence, Dominique, Emile, Gilles, Jean-Paul, Laure.

    English (Lancashire) and Irish: of Norman origin, a habitational name from Arcy in Manche, France, with fused preposition d(e) ‘from’.

    Irish: in Ireland, this is generally the Norman name (see 1 above), established in Meath by Sir William D'Arcy in the 1360s, but it was also adopted for Ó Dorchaidhe ‘descendant of the dark one’, from dorcha ‘dark, gloomy’, a Connacht name that fell together with the Norman surname, which was introduced by Sir William D'Arcy and Sir John D'Arcy, Chief Justiciar of Ireland in the 14th century.

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