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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.EE-fyə Irish
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Meaning & History

Means "beauty" from the Gaelic word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. In war against her sister Scathach, she was defeated in single combat by the hero Cúchulainn. Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn. This name is sometimes used as a Gaelic form of EVE or EVA.
VariantAoibhe Irish

Images

Painting depicting Aoife by John Duncan (c. 1915)Painting depicting Aoife by John Duncan (c. 1915)

Categories

beauty, legend, princesses, top 10 in Ireland, top 10 in Northern Ireland, warriors
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute