Seonaidh was a seagod or water sprite who was worshipped in the Isle of Lewis on Halloween and All Hallow’s Day.
Nathalie’s paternal great grandmother was from the Isle of Lewis, with her maternal great grandmother from Tipperary in Ireland, giving Nathalie Gaelic roots from both sides of the family. Nathalie was also born on All Hallows Day.
Scotland shared a Gaelic culture with Ireland, and both countries have celebrated the festival of Halloween, known as Samhain (pronounced Sow-win) for many centuries. Samhain is dedicated to the final harvest of the year and celebrating ancestors.
In the Isle of Lewis, Samhain was celebrated throughout the night of Halloween and All Hallows Day by throwing ale into the sea to the seagod/sprite Seonaidh, in the hope of a good harvest, and good crop the following year. More can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seonaidh
The name Shoney / Seonaidh seemed pertinent to Nathalie’s Scottish and Irish roots, her birthday, and love of the sea. By choosing Shoney / Seonaidh, she hopes for a renewable energy harvest from the sea!