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The island is named after the Irish god Manannán mac Lir, thus Ellan Vannin (Irish Oileán Mhannanáin) 'Mannanán's Island'.
By the 10th century Old Irish had evolved into Middle Irish, which was spoken throughout Ireland, in Scotland and in the Isle of Man.
is a Goidelic Celtic language of the Indo-European language family, historically spoken by the Manx people.
Only a small minority of the Isle of Man's population is fluent in the language, but a larger minority has some knowledge of it and Manx is considered an important part of the island's culture and heritage.
In addition, the nickname "Çhengey ny Mayrey" (the mother tongue/tongue of the mother, lit. The language is usually referred to in English as "Manx".
The term "Manx Gaelic" is often used, for example when discussing the relationship between the three Goidelic languages (Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx) or to avoid confusion with Anglo-Manx, the form of English spoken on the island.The name of the island, Man, is frequently spelled "Mann".