St. Patrick’s Day Baby Names: Irish melody makers

Kick up your heels, get out your shillelagh and prepare to dance a jig as we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with twelve musical Irish names—some of which were introduced to us by musicians who, as a bonus, taught us the right way to pronounce them.


The haunting single-name singer was born Eithne Ni Bhraonáin to an Irish-speaking family in County Donegal, Enya being one of the approximate transliterations of Eithne. Eithne was the name of a mythical goddess who lived only on milk, and of nine later saints.

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