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Ennis

Ennis comes from an Irish surname with two possible meanings behind it. The first is that it derives from Irish inis meaning “island” via Proto-Celtic *enistī (island) derived from a PIE root word. The second is that it derives from Angusan anglicized form of Aonghus, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “either one strength” or “one choice”, made up from Old Irish óen (one) via Proto-Celtic *oinos (one) deriving from a PIE root word; while the second element could either be derived from gus meaning “strength, vigor” via Proto-Celtic *gustu-; or from Proto-Celtic *gus (choose). Spelled Aengus, it becomes the name of the Irish god of love, youth, and poetic inspiration.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Innis (Scottish)
  • Innes (Scottish, Irish)
  • Enis (Irish, English)

 

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