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Contributor Contrib.websurfer on 4/15/2006
Meaning unknown, possibly of Celtic origin (perhaps related to Ninian). This is the name of the Lady of the Lake in the Old French Vulgate 'Lancelot' and the continuation to the Vulgate 'Merlin', known as the 'Suite du Merlin'. (The earlier Vulgate 'Merlin' uses Viviane, a variant of Ninniane.) "She raised Lancelot and imprisoned Merlin. The Middle English Prose 'Merlin' says that the name was Hebrew, meaning "I shall not lie". 'Arthour and Merlin', which gives the Lady of the Lake role to Morgan le Fay, names Ninniane as a town near Morgan’s residence. Some scholars have favored a Celtic origin for Ninniane, finding it in the lady Rhiannon, wife of Lord Pwyll. Merlin calls her Nimue" (Christopher W. Bruce, 1999).