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This name comes from the Irish "Éireann" (Ireland), the dative or genitive form of Gaelic “Éire” (Ireland). Poets and nineteenth-century Irish nationalists used Erin in English as a romantic name for Ireland. According to Irish mythology and folklore, the name was originally given to the island by the Milesians after the goddess Ériu. As a given name, Erin is used for both sexes, although, given its origins, it is principally used as a feminine forename. It first became a popular given name in the United States. Erin is also a name for Ireland in Welsh, and is one of the 20 most popular girls' names in Wales. In Irish mythology, Ériu (modern Irish Éire), daughter of Ernmas of the Tuatha Dé Danann, was the eponymous matron goddess of Ireland.

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