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Erin \E"rin\ ([=e]"r[i^]n), n. [Ir. Cf. Aryan.] An early, and now a poetic, name of Ireland.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ancient name of Ireland, from Old English Erinn, dative of Eriu "Ireland" (see Irish). As a girl's name in U.S., rare before 1954, popular 1976-1985.

Erin, TN -- U.S. city in Tennessee
Population (2000): 1490
Housing Units (2000): 653
Land area (2000): 4.097597 sq. miles (10.612726 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.002284 sq. miles (0.005915 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.099881 sq. miles (10.618641 sq. km)
FIPS code: 24320
Located within: Tennessee (TN), FIPS 47
Location: 36.316998 N, 87.697946 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 37061
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Erin, TN

Erin is a Hiberno-English derivative of the Irish word "Éirinn". "Éirinn" is the dative case of the Irish word for Ireland - "Éire", genitive "Éireann", the dative being used in prepositional phrases such as "go hÉirinn" "to Ireland", "in Éirinn" "in Ireland", "ó Éirinn" "FROM IRELAND". The dative has replaced the nominative in a few regional Irish dialects (particularly Galway-Connamara and Waterford). Poets and nineteenth-century Irish nationalists used Erin in English as a romantic name for Ireland. Often, "Erin's Isle" was used. In this context, along with Hibernia, Erin is the name given to the female personification of Ireland, but the name was rarely used as a given name, probably because no saints, queens, or literary figures were ever called Erin.

According to Irish mythology and folklore, the name was originally given to the island by the Milesians after the goddess Ériu.

Erin go bragh ("Éire go brách" in standard orthography, dative "in Éirinn go brách" "in Ireland for ever"), a slogan dating from the 1798 revolution, is often translated as "Ireland forever". The etymology of the word as it drifted throughout the Gaelic region gave rise to its use by the early Scots to both mean Ireland and "west" - as Ireland lies to the west of Scotland.

Erin (disambiguation)

Erin is the ancient Irish name for Ireland. Erin may also refer to:


Érin is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in France.

Erin (Front Royal, Virginia)

Erin is a historic home located near Front Royal, Warren County, Virginia. It was built in 1848, and is a three part Palladian plan dwelling with a two-story central section and 1 1/2-story flanking wings. The front facade features a two-story tetrastyle pedimented portico in the Greek Ionic order. The frame dwelling has impressive Greek Revival detailing on both its exterior and interior. Also on the property are the contributing kitchen, law office, dairy, meat smokehouse, chicken house, and granary.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and was listed again as part of the Rockland Rural Historic District in 2015.

Usage examples of "erin".

She did highly confidential work helping adoptees locate their birth parents, and Erin had vouched for her.

I knew, of course, of the Tuatha De Danann, the tribes of the god Danu, the half-legendary, half-historical clan who found their home in Erin some four thousand years before the Christian era, and who have left so deep an impress upon the Celtic mind and its myths.

The daughters of Erin, in black garments, with large prayerbooks and long lighted candles in their hands, kneel down and pray.

Not until the biopsy came back negative did she tell Erin or her husband.

Erin cOUld only stare in horror as a silver meat cleaver struck Chameleon squarely in the chest.

Stopping along the way at a tourist-vacuum to load myself down further with two coffees, an apple juice, film, postcards, a NASA sunhat for Erin, NASA ballcaps for myself and Zoey, and three pairs of sunglasses.

Instead of barraging Margaret with questions, Erin returned to the living room with an ice pack, adjusted the footstool and fixed her a requested cup of tea.

Lee Graham, Leo Daugherty, and Erin Casteel, for reading the manuscript chapter by chapter, as it was written, for sharing their reactions, and for helping me to discover my own sensibility.

Neither of the men of Erin nor of the men of the world do I know it, unless it be the trio that Mac cecht brought out of the land of the Fomorians by dint of duels.

We've been talking about something cisc," Tmv said, as he loosened his hold on Erin and took several steps away from her.

He was Akande Erin, a massive Dahomeyan who had spent thirty years operating a jungle riverboat.

There's nothing lyrical or romantic, and certainly nothing erotic about this poem at all, not if you're a woman anyway,' drawls Alice's friend, Erin, the cat-eyed woman with the bleach-blonde crop.

The other robots led her through an almost unfamiliar entrance and into the mansion, and Erin froze, her ambulator locking.

He brought, in addition to the item Erin requested, two magnums of Korbel champagne, three dozen red roses, a gold bracelet and a shopping bag of assorted compact discs: Smithereens, Pearl Jam, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Men II Boyz, REM, Wilson Phillips.

The light and then the cosmic ray from the supernova, and the gamma rays from Hurricane Erin below, had all hit Mir on schedule, just as Erin and Tesla had predicted.