Aine Name Meaning & Origin

Aine

Pronunciation: AWN-yə (key)

Origin of the name Aine:

Gaelic name meaning "joy, praise; fasting." The name was borne by a granddaughter of the Irish King Lear as well as by the queen of the fairies of South Munster. Cnoc Áine, the hill of Áine, was her dwelling place. The name has been Anglicized as Anna and Hannah.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Áine, Anya

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Meanings and history of the name Aine

Áine is an Irish goddess and Faery Queen of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun, and is sometimes represented by a red mare. She was called Leanan sídhe by human men which means "sweetheart of the Sídhe" or "faery-lover". Sídhe (pronounced "Shee") are the fairy folk of Ireland.

Áine (pronounced "on-yah" or "awn-yah") as a name means “splendor, radiance, brilliance.” 

Often Anglicized as "Anya" or "Anne/Ann"

The hill of Cnoc Áine (said like "knock on-yah" which means "Áine's hill") and the city of Knockainey, Ireland are named after the Goddess Áine.

From Japanese 愛 (ai) "love" and 音 (ne) "sound".

Famous real-life people named Aine

Áine O'Connor, Irish actress/writer/director.

Áine Brady (born 1954), Irish Fianna Fáil politician and teacher

Aine Lawlor (born 1965), Irish radio broadcaster

Áine Minogue (born 1977), Irish harpist

Áine Ní Chonaill (born 1952), Irish activist

Áine O'Gorman (born 1989), Irish footballer

Áine Phillips (21st century), Irish performance artist

Áine Ní Murchadha, Princess of Leinster, fl. 1169

Áine Ní Duinn Sleibhe, Queen of Airgíalla, died 1171

Áine Ní Donnchada, Queen of Breifne, died 1386

Áine Ní Eochagain, Queen of Fermanagh, died 1466

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In Irish mythology, she is the daughter of Egobail, and sister of Aillen and Fennen.

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