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Aithne is not just a variation on Eithne, it is a separate name meaning fire.
lilacgold  10/11/2005
Eithne is pronouced EN-ya, while Aithne is pronounced AHN-ya.
quigonjecca  4/25/2007
The word "Aithne" means "acquaintance" in Irish. My guess is that its use as a spelling of "Eithne" arose out of confusion of the two words on the part of people with only a nodding acquaintance with Irish.
Kosta  9/21/2007
LMS  5/16/2016

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