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Subject: Re: Meaning of Erin?
Author: Chrisell   (Authenticated as Chrisell)
Date: August 25, 2005 at 9:09:06 PM
Reply to: Re: Meaning of Erin? by Erin
Gaelic and Celtic are not separate languages as such. Rather, the Gaelic languages are a sub-family of the Celtic language family. So it is unlikely that a name would mean one thing in Gaelic and something else in 'Celtic'.

Erin is a poetic name for Ireland, from the name of an ancient Irish goddess, Eriu. Have a look at these two links:
www.answers.com/erin
www.answers.com/eriu

I think the 'peace' meaning is probably something fabricated by "baby name" books and sites to give the name a more interesting meaning than 'Ireland', particularly if the false meaning dates back to the time when the Irish were not well-thought-of in English-origin society.



Chrisell

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