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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Eamon, Eamonn

"aim + an"

Edmond

Edmund

Is the Irish form of Old English ead "rich" + mund "guardian", and implies "guardian of the riches." In more recent times the name has been given to honor Eamon De Valera who was President of Ireland for 14 years, the maximum allowed, from 1959 to 1973.

Eirnin

"air + nin"

Ernan

Ernest

Meaning "iron." The name is often linked with Ernest, a Germanic word meaning "vigor." The name of sixteen Irish saints, St. Eirnin is the patron saint of Tory, an island off the coast of County Donegal.

Emmet

 

 

The name is given to boys as a mark of respect to the great Irish orator and patriot Robert Emmet who was a leader of the unsuccessful 1798 rebellion against the British. He was captured on August 25, 1803 and tried for high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. When asked if he had any thing to say in response to this sentence Emmet gave what is considered to be one of the most moving speeches of the period:

"…When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done."

Enda

 

 

ean meaning "bird" and suggests "birdlike" or "freedom of spirit." A soldier and a prince Enda was converted by his sister, Saint Fanchea. He renounced his dreams of conquest and decided to marry one of the girls in his sister’s convent. When his financé died suddenly the night before their wedding, he surrendered his throne and a life of worldly glory to become a monk. He made a pilgrimage to Rome and was ordained there before returning to establish ten monasteries on the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland.

Ennis

 

 

Comes from inis "island." Ennis, a town in County Clare is situated on an island between two streams of the River Fergus.

Eoghan

"o + in"

Owen

Eugene

Comes from an old Irish word and means "born of the yew tree." In Northern Ireland the name Eoghan is found in Tir Eoghan, County Tyrone or "The Land of Eoghan" and is often accompanied by Roe in memory of the Irish patriot Eoghan Roe ("Red Eoghan") O"Neill who won a great battle over the British at Benburb in 1646.

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