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What is Dyflinn?

Well, Dyflinn is the viking name for Dublin, which is where I'm from.  I use Dyflinn as an online name, for example in XBox Live, as it's far less likely to be taken than most.

The name Dublin is derived from the Irish name Dubh Linn (meaning "black pool"). In Irish, Dubh is correctly pronounced as Dhuv or Dhuf. The city's original pronunciation is preserved in Old Norse as Dyflin, Old English as Difelin, and modern Manx as Divlyn. Historically, in the traditional Gaelic script used for the Irish language, bh was written with a dot over the b. Those without a knowledge of Irish omitted the dot and spelled the name as Dublin.

The common name for the city in Modern Irish is Baile Átha Cliath (meaning "town of the hurdled ford"). It was first written as such in 1368 in the Annals of Ulster. Áth Cliath is a place-name referring to a fording point of the Liffey in the vicinity of Heuston Station. Baile Átha Cliath was later applied to an early Christian monastery which is believed to have been situated in the area of Aungier Street currently occupied by Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church.

The subsequent Viking settlement was on the River Poddle, a tributary of the Liffey, to the East of Christchurch, in the area known as Wood Quay. The Dubh Linn was a lake used by the Vikings to moor their ships and was connected to the Liffey by the Poddle. The Dubh Linn and Poddle were covered during the early 1700s, and as the city expanded they were largely forgotten about. The Dubh Linn was situated where the Castle Garden is now located, opposite the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.

The Vikings, or Ostmen as they called themselves, ruled Dublin for almost three centuries, during which time they were expelled in 902 only to return in 917 and famously defeated by the Irish High King Brian Boru at the battle of Clontarf in 1014.  From that date, the Danes were a minor political force in Ireland, firmly opting for a commercial life. Viking rule of Dublin lasted until 1171 when the city was captured by King Dermot MacMurrough of Leinster, with the aid of Anglo-Norman mercenaries lead by Strongbow.





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