10 Baby Girl Names From Irish Mythology
Meaning: "Beauty". In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. Legend has it that in war against her sister Scathach, Aoife was defeated in combat by the hero Cúchulainn. She later reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn.
Meaning: From the Old Irish for "Daughter". Deirdre is the tragic heroine of Irish mythology. Reportedly the most beautiful woman in Ireland, she died of a broken heart after Conchobhar, the king of Ulster, killed her lover, and forced her to be his bride. She features in poems by J.M.Synge, and W.B.Yeats amongst others.
Meaning: In Irish legend she was the wife of Cúchulainn. She was said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom and chastity. Also spelled Eimear.
In Irish mythology, Ériu was daughter of Ernmas of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and matron goddess of Ireland, to which she gave her name. She is often interpreted as a modern-day personification of Ireland. The name can also be modified to Erin.
Meaning: "Beautiful face". Fionnuala (also spelled Fionnghuala or Finnguala) was one of the children of Lir, she was changed into a swan and cursed by her stepmother, Aoife, to wander the lakes and rivers of Ireland. This name can also be shortened to Nuala.
Meaning: "Grain". Gráinne was the fiancée of Fionn mac Cumhail and the lover of Diarmaid in later Irish legend. The name is often associated with gráidh "love".
Meaning: "She who intoxicates". Méabh was the great warrior queen of Connacht.
Meaning: "Uncertain". In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobhar, king of Ulster.
Meaning: Means "bright" in Irish. She was the daughter of the sea god in Irish legends. She fell in love with the poet Oisín, son of Fionn.
Meaning: Modern Irish form of Sadb. In Irish mythology Sadb was the mother of Oisín.