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The Dara Celtic Knot: A Guide To Its Meaning, Design And History

The Dara Celtic Knot: A Guide To Its Meaning, Design And History
The Dara Celtic Knot is one of the most iconic of the many symbols to come from the Celts.

If you read our guide to Celtic Symbols and meanings, you’ll know that it is a symbol that closely represents strength and inner strength.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything that you need to know about the Dara Celtic Knot, including what it means and what it represents to where the name comes from.

The Dara Celtic Knot

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The Dara Knot is one of the many symbols to come from the Celts – an ancient group of tribes that once lived all across Europe.

Now, if you’re reading this and thinking, ‘Eh, what are you talking about – the Celts were from Ireland’, you’re probably not the only one.

The fact is that this ancient group of tribes weren’t Irish (or Scottish) – in fact, no one knows exactly where they originated. You can find out more about the Celts if you’d like to dig deeper.

The Celtic Dara Knot is one of several well-known symbols to come from the Celts, here’s what it’s all about.

Dara Knot Meaning

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Photo by Chris Hill

The Dara Celtic Knot is one of a number of Celtic symbols for strength and inner strength. The symbol comes from the Gaelic word ‘Doire’, which means ‘Oak Tree’.

The Dark Knot is believed to represent the magnificent root system that robustly holds up the heavy body of an ancient oak tree.

As you’ll discover in our guide to the Celtic Tree of Life, the Celts revered trees. In particular, they believed that oak trees were sacred.

The King of the Forest

The Celts saw the oak as a symbol for wisdom, power, endurance and strength, and it’s not hard to see why. To this day the oak is regarded as the ‘King of the Forest’.

The oak is a deciduous tree that grows slowly. In fact, it can live for a staggering 300 years and grow up to 40 metres in height. If that isn’t a fine symbol for strength, I don’t know what is!

Celtic Dara Knot Design

As is the case with the other Celtic Knot symbols, the Celtic Dara Knot consists of intertwined lines with no beginning or end.

Although there is no one symbol for the Dara Knot, each variation is centred on one common theme – the mighty oak and its root system.  

It’s widely believed that this symbol was called upon by the ancient Celts to provide strength and inner wisdom in tough situations.

Dara Knot Tattoos

As I mentioned recently in our article on the Celtic symbol for love, don’t be tricked into believing that some far-fetched design is one of the original Celtic designs.

The Celts haven’t designed any new symbols in a very long time, which means it’s pretty easy to determine which symbols are real and which are fake.

if you’re scouring different Dara Celtic Knot tattoo designs online and you’re wondering which to pick, be careful – very careful.

There’s a heap of fake designs online that are no more a Dara Knot. If you need guidance, use the image above to gauge which are close to the design and which aren’t.

Have a question about the Dara Knot that we haven’t answered? Ask away in the comments section below!

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Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Hello, I added my email in regards to the other two questions below. I am not from Ireland nor am I getting tattoo in support of my heritage. Although, I am a woman of God and I value the true meaning of such symbols. In regards to getting a true tattoo that represents inner strength. I would love some more insight about the Dara Knot symbol as well as differentiating the real symbols apart from the fake ones. I have a couple of pictures and questions into what will solely fit my purpose of receiving this tattoo. I am someone who has battled a lot of hard ships throughout my life and still until present day so something like this would help enlighten me into how strong of a person I am in regards to the pain I have surpassed.

Jami Bush

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

I have the same question as Willow. Images would be great. When designing a Dara knot tattoo, what elements must be present to keep the design true and authentic? I found a description of the infinity knot that said “In its purest form, the triquetra is three interconnected ovals — one pointing upward, the other two pointing down, to the left and right.” Is there any detailed description like this for the dara knot? I would love to be able to personalize the design to make it unique and suited to me, but the last thing I want to do is disrespect any element of the symbol. Or perhaps just describe what makes the design “fake?” Your guidance would be sincerely appreciated!


Thursday 18th of March 2021

Hello, I am wanting to get a tattoo of the Dara Knot to honor my character and my heritage but I'm not sure which symbols are real and which are fake.. Could you email me a few pictures of ones you know to be legitimate.. or even just point me in the right direction please? I would hate to get the wrong thing on me permanently..

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