'This island Dr. Jamieson says, has been variously denominated; that its ancient name is said to have been I, Hi, or Aoi, (as written in the annals of Ulster,) which were Latinized into Hyona 0r Iona; that its common name is now I-colum-kill, (the island of Colum of the Cells); that it is included in one of the parishes of the island of Mull.
According to Tolandfl“ the old name of Iona was Inis Druineach, or the island of the Druids; and a place in the island was called Pit-an-druch, that is, the grave of the Druids. He says, I signifies an island in Irish, and is often written Hii, Ii, Hu, to avoid making a word of one letter!“ This is not in Mr. Toland’s usual style. It is true that I meant an island, because it meant the island of I, which might perhaps be called rap' Egoxnv, the island, from its celebrated sanctity. If we go to the annals of Ulster we find it is called I, Hi, or Aoi.
Now I apprehend it ought to be the same as ‘ the inscription in the cave at New Grange, and then it would be the island of I, or m ie, or n}: ae, or '1}: ai, all meaning the He, the Self-existent Being, the God Jah, lab, or I am; the God I AM THAT I AM. Thus it would very properly be called the island of I or Ii.
The I might be doubled, as is common with words in the Hebrew language when superior emphasis or sanctity is intended, as may be often seen with the word sabbat, sabbat, sabath. It was the same word as that placed in the front of the temple of the god Apollo at Delphi, m ie, reading the Hebrew from right to left, of Apollo, the god of the Hyperboreans. Thus it came to be the island of I, wag' eon'rjv.
Mr. Davies'l' says, the Great God was considered by the Welsh the dispenser of good, and was also called Bfiddwas. The name of Buddwas is very striking. The Bull was sacred to this God, of which Mr. Davies has given many examples.
The Jews, who resided in Egypt, built a temple at a place called in their books, in the Hebrew language, in our translation on or amon. The Jews of Jerusalem were very indignant at this, and in one of the versions it is called the city of destruction. The Chaldee paraphrast, as ignorant, as maybe expected from such an author, not knowing what to make of it, calls it the city of the sun, which is to be destroyed.
The Greeks, not knowing what to make of it, called it the city Heliopolis, or of the sun. In the names of Iona and the Janus or Ianus of the Etruscans, we have the whole secret of the an, or aun, or on, of the Jews, dissected or etymologised for us. The island of Iona is often called I by itself; this is in fact, the IE or ie. the Jews, and the ei of the God Apollo at Delphi, and the an is the name of the temple 'in Egypt, put together to form Ian, with the Latin form of us, Ianus.
Am is the Self!
Texisting One, and Ie, or Ian, the self-existing Jah or Jehovah, and amounts in fact to the I AM THAT I AM, or I AM.
The dropping of the second letter of the word ie, is surely no unnatural assumption. It is almost impossible to be avoided. The actual circ’umstance of the island of Iona being commonly and actually called the island of I, is a very striking illustration of the principle carried into practice. Again, we have seen by the annals of Ulster that it is called Hi. Read this in the Greek, from left to right, and it is the identical word Ei of the God Apollo at Delphi. All this is confirmed in a A very striking manner, by the consideration that Iona was, like the temple at Delphi, peculiarly dedicated to Apollo. And they were both founded by Hyperboreans.
The reader will not forget that the Irish and the Greek alphabets have been proved to be the same, the truth of which will be much more clearly shewn by and by. I am well aware that these etymologies maybe said to be far-fetched, but they must be considered in conjunction with the other circumstances. And I must beg my reader to suspend his judgment till he has seen the whole of my work, particularly the Sixth Chapter.
All these words and ideas, too, are evidently derived from the word Ieue (so absurdly written Jehovah) of the Jews and Christians, corrupted and debased in every manner that human ingenuity could conceive. But the Christians have no right to complain of the Heathens for having stolen their God Jehovah.
They have made reprisals, and have stolen ten times as much from the Heathens. They have stolen saints by scores.
Half the saints in the Romish calendar are Heathen Gods.
By Sir Godfrey Higgins - The Celtic Druids