A Guide to the Ogham Alphabet
Ogham is an ancient Irish alphabet. Each letter represented by a mark along one central line. Dating back to the 4th century, it is the earliest form of writing to be found in Ireland and examples left by our ancestors can still be found across Ireland and Britain to this day.
If you’ve found your way to our Guide to the Ogham Alphabet, we’re guessing you already know a little about this intriguing language. But what is it really about and how was it structured?
Read on to find out more and test your skills using our useful guide to reading Ogham
How to Read Ogham
Below is an example showing how Ogham is written, from the bottom to the top along one central line. So if we wanted to write the name Tom, it looks like this –
Primarily found in Ireland and Western Wales, each letter is associated with a tree or plant. Ogham is believed to have been mainly written in Old Irish. For this reason we first translate to the Irish language before inscribing messages and initials on our handcrafted jewelry.
Test Your Ogham Translation Skills
Using the above guide, you should now be able to translate this Ogham inscription on our Men’s Ogham Pendant!
If you’d like to leave your translation in the comments below, we’ll get back to you to let you know if you are correct. As Ogham was originally written in old Irish (Gaelic), the word may not be immediately familiar to you as we first translate to translated to Irish (Gaelic) before we begin our engravings.
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At Claddagh Design, we endeavor to ensure our Ogham translations are based on research conducted by reputable authorities on the Ogham language. However, while every reasonable effort is made to ensure that the information provided is comprehensive and accurate, due to variations in interpretations in the current literature and the historic nature of this ancient script, the accuracy or reliability of content or information provided on our website and any use thereof is solely at the user’s risk.