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Gender: Female Pronunciation: EN-ya Meaning of Eithne: "nut kernel" Origin of Eithne: Gaelic

The name Eithne is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "nut kernel". Eithne and is often added to lists like Goddess Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

From the experts:

Name of a goddess who survived only on milk. Pretty and soulful, but the phonetic spelling Enya might be easier for kids outside of the Irish culture. It 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 Eithne, 6th century Irish saint from Leinster with her sister Sodelb
Eithne, wife of the High King Fiacha Finnfolaidh; mother of Tuathal Teachtmhar
Eithne, mother of Saint Columba
Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, birth name of Enya, Irish singer-songwriter
Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Irish singer-songwriter
Eithne Strong, Irish poet and writer of fiction
Eithne Dunne, Northern Irish actress
Eithne Coyle, Irish Republican activist
Eithne Fitzgerald, Irish economist and politician
Eithne Hannigan, Irish musician and actress
Eithne Walls, Irish physician and dancer

Pop Culture References for the name Eithne

Ethniu or Eithne, Irish mythological figure; daughter of the Fomorian leader Balor; mother of Lugh
Also translates as Etna; both pronunciations are used across Ireland, depending on dialect

Ena, Aithnea, Ethnee, Eithne, Ethnea, Ethnah, Aine, Enya


esita Says:


I'm always so sad that this is pronounced Etna or Enya. I really would like a name that is pronounced "Eye-th-nee" (in the vein of Lethe and Xanthe)

alexandra mae Says:


No, in Irish 'th' is pronounced like an H so it'd make the 'eh' sound.

vintageluvs Says:


Isn't Edna the anglicization of Eithne, so wouldn't it make sense that Eithne is pronounced et-na (in the American accent, "d"s and "t"s sound similar)?

aoife68 Says:


I know a couple of people in Ireland with this name, including my grandmother and they all pronounce it as Eth-na

thiswastheirworld Says:


I've never heard it pronounced en-ya, only et-na.