Aodh - Meaning of Aodh
[ 1 syll. ao-(d)(h), aod-h ] The baby boy name Aodh is pronounced as IY †. Aodh is used chiefly in the Irish and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Celtic origins. The name's meaning is fire, brightness, splendor. It is derived from the element 'aed' meaning fire. Áed (Celtic) is an original form of Aodh. The name was common in ancient times; it was borne by various figures from Irish mythology such as the Celtic god of sun and fire, as well as several high kings. It was commonly Anglicized as Hugh from the medieval period, and more recently as Eugene. The forms Egan and Iagan are double diminutives of Aodh, via the Gaelic Aogán and the earlier Aodhagán. The name Aine (Gaelic and Irish) is the female form of Aodh.
Aodh has 20 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Aden, Adin, Aed, Aedán, Aedus (used in Gaelic too), Aidan (used in Gaelic too), Aoden, Aodhaigh (used in Gaelic too), Aodhan, and Ayden. The diminutive form Aodhagán (used in Gaelic, and Irish too) is another English variant.
Foreign variants of Aodh include Adan (Spanish), Aodan (Gaelic), Aogán (Irish), Egan (Irish), Egon (Irish), and Iagan (Scottish). Specific foreign variants include the diminutive forms Aodán (Irish and Scottish), Aodhagan (Irish and Scottish), and Aodhán (Irish and Scottish).
See also the related form, Mackey (English, Irish, and Scottish).
Aodh is rarely used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Aodh, Ayden was the most regularly used.
† English pronunciation for Aodh: IY as in "eat (IY.T)"