Origin of the name PIRANUS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name PIRANUS.
A Latinized form of British Piran
(q.v.), meaning "little black one." (A Glossary of Cornish
Names, Bannister, 1869).
... The first Cornish apostle
of any note was Corantinus, born in Brittany, who converted almost all
Cornwall, and died A.D. 401. He was succeeded by a more
illustrious man, Piranus, born of noble parents in the county of Ossory,
in Ireland, A.D. 352. He was converted to the Christian faith,
visited Rome, was ordained bishop, and sent back to Ireland; he resided
in the heart of the island, and his sanctity attracted such multitudes
to him, that a town was built near his cell. At length, wishing to
retire from the importunity of crowds who flocked from all parts of
Ireland to him, he gave out that he had received a Divine call, and
passed over into Cornwall, taking with him his mother and others, who
landing at St. Ives, dispersed themselves over the county, and acquired
such veneration among the people, on account of their piety, that the
Cornish have consecrated almost all their towns to the memory of Irish
saints... (Gentleman's Magazine, v.162, 1837)