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

The name Aine is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "brightness, splendor". Aine and is often added to lists like Goddess Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop you least favourite (girls with middles)".

From the experts:

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 Minogue, Irish harpist and singer
Aine Lawlor, Irish radio and TV presenter
Aine Ni Mhuiri, Irish actress

Pop Culture References for the name Aine

Aine Elessedil, minor character in The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks


JustineAndNames Says:


I admit, I'm a person who butchered this pronunciation sadly. I read a book with a character name Aine, and I was convinced it was pronounced like Pain without the P. When another character mentioned it was Awn-ya, I was so shocked and admittedly a little sad because I weirdly loved Aine!

indiefendi2 Says:


I met a model named Aine today. I thought it was Anja! I knew she was English but I still thought it was Anja. I think Aine is nice though.

indiefendi2 Says:


Some Irish names are utterly unpronounceable to Americans like Caoimhe

Essa Says:


I didn't say you couldn't. But if you're American and using Aine then you need to get used to the fact your daughters name is going to be mispronounced and misspelled all the time. I'm just saying Anya would cause a lot less difficulties.

alexandra mae Says:


You can be American and also Irish. I'm American but my family is from Italy so we have Italian names. My Aunt is Bolivian so my cousins are American but have spanish names...

Essa Says:


I think Americans (in America) should definitely stick to the Anya spelling!

ThistleThorn Says:


This is so pretty, but I would be terrified over the complete butchering of this name in America.

MrsFox Says:


There is a fada over the capital A to show it's over prounciation, Awh-nya :)