Meaning & History
Means "beauty" from the Irish word aoibh, Old Irish óeb. 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.
Painting depicting Aoife by John Duncan (c. 1915)
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Entry updated April 25, 2021