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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.NYAS-a Irish
NAS-a Irish
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Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain. In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobhar, king of Ulster. According to some versions of the legend she was originally named Assa meaning "gentle", but was renamed Ni-assa "not gentle" after she sought to avenge the murders of her foster fathers.
VariantsNeassa, Nessa Irish Neas, Ness, Nessa Irish Mythology

Categories

gentle, legend, mythology, uncertain etymology
Entry updated July 2, 2017