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Why would anyone have a name that sounds like a number?
-- Anonymous User  1/7/2006
I guess we can pronounce this like "ee-teen"; but the important thing is that in many countries we haven't "eighteen" - 18, so Étaín is a pretty name!
-- prisavril  4/29/2006
I find myself wishing that this name was pronounced EE-TAIN, because I think that sounds so pretty. But I shrink from naming a child something that is pronounced "incorrectly" even if it DOES sound prettier the other way.
-- aglaranna  6/20/2006
It's pronounced eh-teen. I've also heard it pronounced as eh-deen.
-- amorarite  2/9/2008
In Old and Middle Irish a t, c, or p in other than initial position is normally pronounced as d, g, b respectively. Thus
cét = 100 was pronounced ke:d & is now spelt céad from a Celtic word kentom which, you will note is very like the Latin word centum. So Étaín was pronounced /e:di:n/ & is written in modern Irish as Éadaoin or quite often in English dress as Aideen. Anyone who knows the modern Irish spelling system will see immediately that Éadaoin would be well represented by the English spelling Aideen. There is therefore no need to confuse it with the numeral 18 in English.
-- Deas23242  7/7/2008
In English, "eighteen" may not be a great sound, but the real problem with this name for me is the meaning. I would definitely have some moral tribulations when considering naming a little girl "jealousy". No offense to the Etains out there.
-- Anonymous User  3/19/2009
The book Beyond Shannon and Sean: An Enlightened Guide to Irish Baby Naming states the name ÉTAÍN can be pronounced as either ay-teen or eden.
-- Anonymous User  12/18/2009
The evidence in the tales mentioning Ëtaín strongly point to her representing the moon, not the sun. See
Hicks, Ronald
2009 Cosmography in Tochmarc Étaíne. Journal of
Indo-European Studies 37:115-129
-- Eochaid  9/8/2010

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