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What does Eithne mean?

Eithne Pronunciation of Eithne [ei-thne] as a girls' name is pronounced AIN-ya, EE-na, EN-a, ET-na, ETH-na. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Eithne is "kernel". The source is a term of praise in poetry among Irish bards. The name has been anglicized in forms as Edna and Ena. The name has been borne by at least nine saints and is also found in royal families. One legendary Eithne was a member of the supernatural Tuatha Dé Danaan, a divine race of Celtic mythology. Saint Ethenia, a daughter of King Laoghaire, was one of Saint Patrick's first converts, together with her sister Fidelma.

Associated with: irish, praise (glory), poetry (literary).


Eithne has 11 variants: Aine, Eitna, Ena, Enya, Ethenia, Ethna, Ethnah, Ethnea, Ethnee, Ethni and Etna.

Creative forms:
(female) Elthne, Ethne, ..

(male) Eithan, Eitheu, ..

Middle name pairings:
Eithne Miley (E.M.), ..

How popular is Eithne?

Eithne is an unusual first name for women. Eithne is an equivalently unusual surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Etna, Ena, Edna and Aine are the prominent varying forms of Eithne (not ranked). Usage of these forms of Eithne was widespread during the years 1900-1909 (average #1003), but now, the version Edna has become somewhat outmoded. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edna, Ena, Etna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Eithne is pronounced similarly to Aithne. Other recommended names are Aithnea, Athene, Bethune, Brittne, Brityne (see Brittany), Ciline, Daphne, Diane, Dione, Dionne, Ebone, Edith, Editha, Edithe, Edwine, Edythe, Eike, Eilena, Eilene, Eilin, Eilona, Eiluned, Eimile, Einin, Eirana, Eiren, Eirene, Eirin, Eiryn, Eirynn, Elaine, Elane, Elayne, Elene, Eliane, Eline, Elithia, Elshe, Eltha, Emiline, Erienne, Erinne, Erline, Ermine, Ermyne (see Armina), Ertha, Estee, Estele, Esther, Etana, Etha, Ethel, Ethyl, Ettie, Euphie, Evanne, Evline, Evonne, Fifine, Fione, Gitane, Liahne, Liane, Lianne, Minne, Ruthine (see Ruth), Simone, Sine, Sirene, Stine, Tiane, Tianne, Tine and Winne. These names tend to be more frequently used than Eithne.