How Aer Lingus got its name

aer lingusSomeone told me before that Aer Lingus comes from aer and ling (jump), because of how the plane jumps into the sky.

Naturally I have shared the little factoid at any relevant chance.

However today I discovered that it is not correct!

Aer Lingus is the English spelling of Aerloingeas, that comes from aer and loingeas (fleet). The word loingeas comes from long (boat).

the more you know

Aer Lingus

aer lingus

Dúirt duine liom tráth dtagann Aer Lingus ó aer agus ling (léim), toisc go léimeann an t-eitleán san aer.
Dúirt mé é sin chuile uair a bhí an deis agam ó shin, of course.

Ach d’fhoghlaim mé inniu nach bhfuil sé sin i gceart!

Is litriú Béarlaithe é Aer Lingus de Aerloingeas, a thagann ó aer agus loingeas, a thagann ón focal long (bád).