From: Old-Irish-L <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Martin Counihan
> Well, yes, I suppose we could analyse Athirne as athair-ne, but I can't quite see how the meaning would fit the character.
Names are independent of characters.
> Also, it is surely more difficult for a vowel to be spuriously inserted (Athirne going to Aithirne) than for a vowel to be dropped (Aitherne going to Athirne). For example Aithechdae occasionally became Athechda.
There is no vowel there. The letter <i> is simply a graphic marker of palatalisation,