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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Aednat

“ey + nit”

Enat, Ena

The feminine of the name Aidan meaning “little fire.”

Aibhlinn, Aibhilin

“ave + leen”

Eveleen, Eveline, Evelyn

A name thought to have Norman roots that means “wished-for” or “longed-for child.”

Aibreann, Aibrean

“ab + rawn”

 

Aibreann is April in the Irish language.

Aideen

“ay + deen”

 

Formed like Aidan from aed ”fire.” Aideen loved her husband Oscar, a grandson of Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend), so much that when he fell in battle she died of a broken heart.

Ailbe

“all + bay”

Alby

From an old Irish word meaning “white,” the 6th century St. Ailbe was associated with the monastery at Emly in County Tipperary. The local people requested that he bless a river that had no fish. St. Ailbe did and that very day the river was filled with an abundance of fish. The people built five churches in St. Ailbe’s honor at the best fishing spots along the river.

Aileen, Ailene

“ay + leen”

 

Ancient Irish name from ail ”noble.”

Ailis, Ailish Eilis, Eilish

“ay + lish”

 

Irish version of the Norman Alice or Alicia from Elizabeth “God is my oath.”

Aine

“awn + ye”

Anya, Anna, Hannah

Ancient Irish name from the noun aine that means “splendor, radiance, brilliance.” Aine is connected with fruitfulness and prosperity. The queen of the Munster fairies was called Aine as was one of the wives of Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend). Aine appears in folktales as “the best-hearted woman who ever lived – lucky in love and in money.”

Alannah Alanna, Alana

“a + lan + a”

 

Adding a to leanbh, the word for “child” in Irish, brings a sense of warmth – “O child” or “darling child.”

Aoibheann

“eve + een”

Eavan

aoibhinn ”pleasant, beautiful sheen, of radiant beauty.” Often interpreted as “little Eve.” One Aoibheann was the mother of St. Enda of Aran who died c. 530 AD.

Aoife

“ee + fa”

Eva, Ava

“beautiful, radiant, joyful.” Known as the greatest woman warrior in the world, Aoife was the mother of Cuchulainn’s (read the legend) only son, Connlach. Aoife Dearg (“Red Aoife”) was a daughter of a king of Connacht who had her marriage arranged by St. Patrick himself.

Ashling, Aislin, Aislinn

“ash + ling”

 

From aislinge which means “a vision” or “a dream,” Aisling is the name given to a popular poetic genre from the 17th and 18th centuries in which Ireland is personified as a beautiful woman in peril.

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