Eithne

Meaning of the Irish name Eithne. Listen and learn how to pronounce Eithne so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: eithne means “kernel of a nut or seed” but it may also be related to Aidan meaning “little fire.” There are at least nine St. Eithnes. One 6th century St. Eithne was the mother of St. Columba. Before the birth of her son an angel appeared to her displaying a beautifully colored cloak covered with wonderful flowers. When she reached for the cloak it rose into the air, and spreading out, floated over land and sea until it seemed to rest upon the hills of a distant land. This vision foretold that her little son was to travel over the seas and there win great distinction and honour.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Eithne Eitna

PRONUNCIATION: en + ya”

ENGLISH: Enya

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Eithne and read along with the meaning)

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