Focal an Lae #20
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fionn (FIN)

Meaning: fionn = white, bright, fair haired


History: Old Irish “find” comes from reconstructed Common Celtic *wind-os. Compare Gaulish “Vindo-bona”, the ancient name of Vienna, meaning “white spring” or “white city”, the second element being uncertain. Welsh has “gwyn” and Breton “gwenn”, both meaning “white”. The original sense of the Common Celtic *wind-os seems to be “clearly visible”, from the Indo-European root *weid- (to see).

Scottish Gaelic: fionn (FYOON)

2008-06-19 CPD