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Baby Names From Irish Mythology

At eumom, we just love a good old baby name discussion. Whether it's unusual baby names, or celeb baby names, we could go for hours! And it seems that the moms on our Facebook page are just as keen.
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One of our eumom moms was looking for a baby name from Irish mythology over on our Facebook page: "Hi ladies, I'm 6 months pregnant and thinking of baby names! My partner really wants us to use an Irish mythological name. I really like Fionn and Diarmuid, but to be honest, I'm not that familiar with any other names from the legends. I think they can be a bit hard to pronounce! Anyone got any nice mythological name ideas?"
 

Here are the Irish mythological baby names that our moms love the most:

Boys names from Irish mythology

Aodh or Áed
Meaning: "Fire". This was a very popular name in early Ireland, being borne by numerous figures in Irish mythology and several high kings. It has been traditionally Anglicized as Hugh.

Aodhán
Meaning: Name of an Irish monk and saint of the 7th century

Conall
Meaning: "Strong wolf". Conall Cernach ("Conall of the victories") was a member of the Red Branch of Ulster, who avenged Cúchulainn's death by killing Lugaid.

Conor
Meaning: Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Conchobhar which means "dog lover" or "wolf lover". It has been in use in Ireland for centuries and was the name of several Irish kings. It was also borne by the legendary Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa.

Ferdia
Meaning: "Man of God". Ferdia battled with his friend and foster-brother Cuchulainn for four days, each night sending each other food and sweet herbs as medicines for the wounds they had inflicted on each. They fought so bitterly that the river itself fled its bed in terror. On the fourth day, Cuchulainn flew into a rage and let loose his magical spear, the dreaded Gae Bolga, which destroyed his friend Ferdia.

Fiachra
Meaning: Derived from Gaelic fiach meaning "raven". In Irish legend Fiachra was one of the four children of Lir transformed into swans for a period of 900 years.

Naoise
Meaning: In Irish legend, Naoise was the young man who eloped with Deirdre, the lover of Conchobhar, the king of Ulster. Conchobhar eventually succeeded in having Naoise murdered, which caused Deirdre to die of grief.

Oisín
Meaning: "Little deer". n Irish legend Oisín was a warrior hero and a poet, the son of Fionn mac Cumhail.

Girls names from Irish mythology

Aoife
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.

Emer
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.

Gráinne
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".

Méabh
Meaning: "She who intoxicates". Méabh was the great warrior queen of Connacht.

Neasa
Meaning: "Uncertain". In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobhar, king of Ulster.

Niamh
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.

Sadhbh
Meaning: Modern Irish form of Sadb. In Irish mythology Sadb was the mother of Oisín.

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