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EIONE - HOW DO YOU SAY IT AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Eïone (Eye-oh-knee), from Greek Mythology, is one of the 50 daughters of Nereus, also known as The Old Man of the Sea. Collectively these daughters are known as the Nereides, and some are more familiar than others. You've probably heard of Thetis, mother of Achilles and Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon (the Roman god Neptune). Individually they represent various facets of the sea, like sea foam, currents and tides, waves and rocks. Eïone represents the beach strand (meaning the shore or beach of a sea or ocean). The Nereides are protectors of sailors in distress and we thought it would be prudent to have one of these looking out for us - we need all the help we can get!

 

My darling Dad read the name in a book many years ago and always wanted a daughter so named.  Alas, my mother would have none of it and so my sister and I have far less exotic names.  Third time should be a charm and I think Mum was going to cave and let Dad have his Eione if they had a girl, but he missed out again as they had a son.  

So in addition to the protection of having a Nereid watching over us, Dad finally has his Eione - not in a way he ever imagined but it was almost serendipitous - the name and the meaning couldn't be more perfect for our wonderful sailboat home!