Origin of the name AINE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name AINE.
Pronounced Awna. Old Irish name variously rendered by
authors: "harmony, melody, music" (Charnock, see Auna);
"joy" or "praise," and
also "fasting" (Yonge). This was the name of a granddaughter of
and sister to Aoidheal.
the daughter of Eogah-hal, was looked on as queen of the fairies of
South Munster, and her abode was said to be Cnoc Aine or Knockany,
the Hill of Aine, in county Limerick...
be a favourite name in Ireland for many centuries; but in later times it
has become the practice to Anglicize it as Anna
and possibly Anastasia,
though this may have more directly from the Greek. In 705 reigned
a Scottish king called Ainbhceallach the Good... It is evident then that
Ainè came to Scotland with other Gaelic names.
(History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)