Eithne

EN-ya
Gaelic
"nut kernel"

Eithne Origin and Meaning

The name Eithne is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "nut kernel".

Pretty and soulful name of a goddess from Irish mythology and several Irish saints. Singer Enya, born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, has made the Anglicized spelling familiar. Eithne comes from the vocabulary word "kernel", which was used as a term of praise in old bardic poetry.

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Famous People Named Eithne

  • Saint Eithne6th century Irish saint from Leinster with her sister Sodelb
  • Eithnewife of the High King Fiacha Finnfolaidh; mother of Tuathal Teachtmhar
  • Eithnemother of Saint Columba
  • Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáinbirth name of Enya, Irish singer,songwriter
  • Eithne Ní UallacháinIrish singer,songwriter
  • Eithne StrongIrish poet and writer of fiction
  • Eithne DunneNorthern Irish actress
  • Eithne CoyleIrish Republican activist
  • Eithne FitzgeraldIrish economist and politician
  • Eithne HanniganIrish musician and actress
  • Eithne WallsIrish physician and dancer

Eithne in Pop Culture

  • Ethniu or EithneIrish mythological figure; daughter of the Fomorian leader Balor; mother of Lugh
  • Also translates as Etna; both pronunciations are used across Irelanddepending on dialect