Erin

Erin is the Anglicized form of Éireann (from which the name of Ireland comes from) derived from Gaelic Éire which comes from Old Irish Ériu meaning “fertile” or “fat, rich” likely in reference to the land, so connoting the idea of “abundant land” or “fat land”, from Proto-Celtic *Φīwerjon, derived from Proto-Indo-European *piHwerjon from *piHwer meaning “fat”.

Though Erin seems to be very popular for girls, it has been used as a boy’s name as well, making it a unisex name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Eryn (English)
  • Eireann (Irish, English)
  • Éireann (Irish)
  • Ériu (Irish)
  • Arin (English)
  • Ireland

 

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