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10 Baby Girl Names Inspired by Folklore

1. Sadhbh

Sadhbh, wife of Fionn is a popular Irish name meaning “Goodness”.

2. Deirdre

A pretty irish name meaning “Fear/broken-hearted” from Deirdre of the Sorrows.

3. Oonagh

Also spelled Una meaning “Unity”, Oonagh was a fairy queen from the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

4. Grainne

A heroine from the legend of Diarmuid & Grainne meaning “Charming/Love”.

5. Niamh

A beautiful Irish name meaning “Bright” or “Radiant”. She was a Queen of Tir na nOg.

6. Fionnuala

Fionnuala was the fourth child of Lir, her name means “Fair shoulder”.

7. Maebh

A pretty Irish name meaning “Cause of Great Joy”. Also spelled Maeve, she was a character from the Irish legend “Brown Bull of Cooley”.

8. Rhiannon

Rhiannon was the old Celtic Goddess of Fertility and the Moon. Her name means “Great Queen”.

9. Brigid

There is a very well-known story of St. Brigid’s Cloak which we would have all heard as children. The name means “Strength, vigour and power”.

10. Aoife

This is probably the most popular name on the list. Meaning “Beauty/Radiance”, Aoife was the sister of Lir’s wife and she later married Lir.


About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog seriouslymammy.wordpress.com for more!

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