Focal an Lae #58
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: iníon (IH-nee-uhn)

Meaning: iníon = daughter; young woman; miss


History: Old Irish “ingen” comes from a reconstructed Common Celtic *eni-genā meaning something like “she who is born within (the family)”, from the Indo-European *en (in) and the root *gen- (to give birth). The Latin word “indigena” (native) contains the same elements, but with the broader sense of “born within the tribe or region”. The obvious English cognate is “indigenous”.

Scottish Gaelic: nighean

2008-06-19 CPD