Usage Arthurian Romance
Other Forms FormsAillean
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Meaning & History
Of uncertain derivation. This was the name of the title character in the Irish Arthurian romance Céilidhe Iosgaide Léithe (The Visit of the Grey-Hammed Lady). She married King Arthur when she took him and his knights to the Otherworld. She was the daughter of Daire, a fairy king, by Rathlean. She was said to have shapeshifted from time to time into a deer.