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One meaning of the name Erin is: a fair jewel set in a tranquil sea.
-- eecny  6/8/2005
This is my name and although I didn't like it at first I got used to it. :)
Erin can also mean "girl" (I've only ever seen this meaning listed anywhere once) and "peace" (I've seen this listed in heaps of names books and websites - the address for one of these sites is Erin is actually a poetic name for Ireland and was derived from the word "Eire".
-- ezy_lou  12/10/2005
Erin is derived from Eireann, which is the Gaelic word for Ireland. It doesn't mean "peace," it doesn't mean "jewel," and it most certainly is not a feminization of Aaron.
-- Anonymous User  5/14/2006
Can I just say Aaron and Erin have nothing in relation at all. Erin means Ireland.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2007
Erin is also occasionally (albeit rarely) used as a nickname/shortening of Catherine/Katherine. It seems to be primarily an Eastern European trend.
-- Anonymous User  6/2/2007
Someone above said Erin meant Ireland. In what language might I ask? I am nearly certain the Irish for Ireland is Eire.
-- Clodagh  8/17/2007
Clodagh, Erin comes from the Irish Gaelic 'Eireann', which means 'Irish'. Have you ever heard the phrase 'Is d'Eireann me' (sp?) It means 'I am of Ireland/I am Irish'. You are right in that 'Eire' means 'Ireland'. Erin go bragh!
-- Katheros  8/30/2007
The Irish word for Ireland is "Éire." The dative case (after a preposition) is "Éirinn" and the genitive (possessive) case is "Éireann." "Erin" is an English adaptation of the name. ("Erin go bragh" is properly "Éire go brách" (though the gh spelling was once used).
-- Kosta  9/26/2007
The name Erin comes from the Gaelic "Eireann" meaning "Western Isle". My name is Erin and I love it! It's one of the loveliest names ever!
-- reverie  10/26/2007
Erin means peace in Greek, so in ways it does mean peace. It also means genius and blessing in Japanese and small grey owl to aboriginal people. I personally like the name myself but when I was at primary school I really didn't like it. But the name Erin has so many different meanings in different languages and we cannot say it doesn't mean a certain thing because it is not English.

I love my name now! :P
-- Manga mad Erin  4/23/2011
It came from the Greek word "eros" which means love.
-- Anonymous User  2/21/2016

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