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Agnes is the English version of the Irish name Una sometimes spelt Oonadh. I knew a lovely Agnes, great woman she was.
It is related to the medieval name Annes, which the name Nancy is related to.
Agnes is of a Greek origin. It comes from a word in Greek pronounced og-nay ἁãíÞ. Its meaning is basically pure or sacred.
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Agnes and the Sanskrit name Agni may derive from a common linguistic root meaning sacred sacrificial fire.
I think origin of this name is Lithuanian Agnė, Ugnė. This means fire in our language. In near pagan history of my country there was very widespread cult of fire, there is many girl names Agnė, Ugnė nowdays.
It seems to me this is a Greek borrowing from Hebrew because Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste" does not explain meaning.
In Hebrew "HaGan et" (Hellenised es) means "The Garden [is] this", The Garden being The Garden of Eden, otherwise known as PaRDeS ('Paradise').
The meaning of "chaste" in Greek borrowing then becomes obvious because Eve did not conceive until after she and Adam were exiled from The Garden of Eden after the 'original sin', meaning in The Garden she was "chaste", i.e. a virgin, virginity being defined differently in the ancient Greek culture.
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