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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.ree-AN-awn Welsh
ree-AN-ən English
REE-ən-ən English
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Meaning & History

Probably derived from the old Celtic name Rigantona meaning "great queen". It is speculated that this was the name of an otherwise unattested Celtic goddess of fertility and the moon. The name Rhiannon appears later in Welsh legend in the Mabinogion, borne by the wife of Pwyll and the mother of Pryderi.

As an English name, it became popular due to the Fleetwood Mac song 'Rhiannon' (1976).
VariantsRhianon, Riannon Welsh Reannon English
Other Languages & CulturesRigantona Celtic Mythology

Images

Rhiannon (wife of Pwyll) from an 1877 edition of the MabinogionRhiannon (wife of Pwyll) from an 1877 edition of the Mabinogion

Categories

currently out of the US top 1000, fertility deities, goddesses, legend, lunar deities, mythology, song titles, The Sopranos characters, Xeno characters
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute