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Subject: No, it doesn't
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: October 27, 2004 at 4:33:40 PM
Reply to: Does this names mean witch? by Dallyn
Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Pronounced: hri-AN-ahn (Welsh), ree-AN-un (English), REE-an-un (English)
Derived from Old Celtic Rigantona meaning "great queen". In Welsh mythology Rhiannon was the goddess of fertility and the moon. This name is also borne by a princess in Welsh legends, the wife of Pwyll.

I have no idea how the baby name books/sites made the leap from "great queen" to "witch". My own not-so-accurate baby name book says it means "witch, goddess", and I can understand assigning the (nonexistant) meaning of "goddess" based on Rhiannon actually being a goddess, but "witch" baffles me.


EDIT: Punctuation. Damn new keyboard...

This message was edited by the author on October 27, 2004 at 4:34:10 PM

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