Étaín (Irish name)

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Étaín is a Gaelic-Irish female given name.

Étaín is the name of a heroine from Irish mythology, and is recorded as being borne by several women between the 12th and 15th century in the Irish annals.[1] It is still in use in 21st century Ireland.

It is also found as Éadaoin.[1] It is sometimes anglicised as Aideen.

Bearers of the name[edit]

  • Étaín, heroine of Tochmarc Étaíne, originally a sun goddess.
  • Étaín Fholtfhind, "of the fair hair", a dweller of the sidhe (fairy mound), i.e., a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann; also said to be lover or wife of Oscar son of Oisín.
  • Eataine Ní Egrai, died 1104.
  • Etaín Ni Cuinn, Queen of Munster, died 1188.
  • Étaín Ní hEghra, died 1225.
  • Étaín Ní Carrthaigh, died 1243.
  • Étaín Ní Flannacan, died 1263.
  • Étaín Níc Uidhir, died 1328.
  • Étaín Bean Uí Flannacan, died 1392.
  • Étaín Ní Concobhair, 1393.
  • Étaín Bean Uí Samradhain, 1467.
  • Étaín Óge Níc Uidhir, died 1475.
  • Étaín Bean Uí Conchobair Duinn, died 1476.


  1. ^ a b O'Brien, Kathleen M. (2008). "Feminine Given Names: Étaín / Éadaoin". Index of Names in Irish Annals. Retrieved 25 October 2013.