Niamh


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Irish-Gaelic
Meaning: “brightness; beauty.”
(NEEV)

The name comes directly from the Gaelic meaning, “brightness; beauty.” In Irish legend, it was borne by the beautiful daughter of the sea god, she fell in love with Oisín, the son of Fionn Mac Cumhail and carried him off to the land of perpetual youth, where he lived with her for 300 years.

Currently, Niamh has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity all over the British Isles. She stands as the 70th most popular female name in England/Wales, (2008). Her rankings in other countries is as follows:

  • # 18 (Ireland, 2008)
  • # 26 (Scotland, 2009)

The Welsh form is Nia.

Sources

  1. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/niamh?view=uk
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/niamh

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