In the ’60s, the Britton brothers of Ireland took up surfing after their mother brought home a couple of surfboards from California.
One of those brothers, Barry, went on to have two daughters. Both became surfers, and one became a very successful professional surfer.
The pro-surfing daughter is named Easkey (b. 1986). How did she get that name? She’s named “after a famous surf break off the west coast of Ireland.”
The wave got its name from a nearby village, which was in turned named after the Easkey River. The river’s name comes from the Irish word iascaigh, which is based on the word iasc, meaning “fish.”
Together with her sister Becky-Finn, she grew up balanced on a surf board, more often than not riding the very wave that she is named after.
Perhaps younger sister Becky-Finn was named with the ocean in mind as well…
P.S. Easkey Britton was the first female surfer to ride “Aileen’s Wave,” a famous break off the Cliffs of Moher. The name “Aileen’s” is derived from an Anglicization of Aill na Searrach, “cliff of foals,” the name of a nearby sea cliff.