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Gender: F Pronunciation: AWN-ya Meaning of Aine: "brightness, splendor" Origin of Aine: Irish

More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional Irish name belonged to the queen of the Munster fairies and is sprinkled throughout Irish folklore as an early Celtic goddess of summer and prosperity. One of the most popular baby names in Ireland, Aine's spelling and pronunciation might seem simple but could prove confusing in the U.S.

When the British cracked down on authentic Irish names in the seventeenth century, Aine was "translated" as Ann.

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