This name means “kernel of a nut or seed” but it may also be related to Aidan, meaning “little fire”. There are at least nine St. Eithnes. One 6th century St. Eithne was the mother of St. Columba. Before the birth of her son, an angel appeared to her displaying a beautifully colored cloak covered with wonderful flowers. When she reached for the cloak it rose into the air, and spreading out, floated over land and sea until it seemed to rest upon the hills of a distant land. This vision foretold that her little son was to travel over the seas and there win great distinction and honor.