"brightness, splendor"

Aine Origin and Meaning

The name Aine is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "brightness, splendor".

More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional yet unique 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. Now, the original Aine or Anya is one of the prime goddess names for baby girls.

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Famous People Named Aine

  • Áine MinogueIrish harpist and singer
  • Aine LawlorIrish radio and TV presenter
  • Aine Ni MhuiriIrish actress

Aine in Pop Culture

  • Aine Elessedilminor character in The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks
  • Aine of KockaineFairy,Queen in Irish mythology