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Gender Feminine
Other Forms FormsCethlion, Cethlinn, Ceithlenn, Ceithlionn, Céthlionn, Cethleann (Modern Irish)

Meaning & History

Possibly means "crooked tooth". In Irish myth she was the wife of Balor of the Evil Eye, king of the Fomorians and by him the mother of Ethniu (or Eithne, Ethlenn).

Irish archaeologist R. A. Stewart Macalister (1870-1950) proposed that it was originally a variant of Ethlenn arising from the frequent identification of Lugh (son of Ethlenn) by the matronymic "Lugh Mac Ethlenn": thus, Mac EthlennMac Cethlenn. Also, the town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland is named for her, from Irish Inis Cethlinn "Cethlenn's island".
Added 10/26/2008 by maddelenamarija
Edited 8/28/2012 by SeaHorse15 and meowelers