Grian (literally, "Sun") is also the name of an Irish figure, presumed to be a pre-Christian goddess, associated with County Limerick and Cnoc Greine ("Hill of Grian, Hill of the sun"), located seven miles from Knockainy.
While Grian's name literally means "the sun" in modern Irish, her name is derived from the Proto-Indo European *gwher-, meaning "to be hot" or "to burn" rather than the derivations for sun in other Indo-European languages.
- MacKillop, James (1998) Dictionary of Celtic Mythology Oxford: Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-280120-1 p. 92
- Nikolaev, The Germanic word for sword and delocatival derivation in Proto-Indo-European & http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/nikolaev/files/Nikolaev_The_Germanic_Word_for_Sword.pdf.
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