Usage History (Ecclesiastical)
Pronounced Pron. EE-ə(History)
Other Forms FormsEia, Hia, Hya (Latin)
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Meaning & History
Of unknown origin and meaning. Saint Ia was a 5th-century Cornish virgin martyr, an Irish princess, according to popular tradition, who travelled to Cornwall as a missionary and was martyred on the River Hayle under TUDUR Mawr, ruler of Penwith. Ia gave her name to her burial place; St Ia's Church was erected over her grave and around the church grew the town of Porth Ia (later renamed St Ives in honour of a bishop named Ivo or IVE).