Usage Irish (Anglicized)
Pronounced Pron. DIV-yah-sa, DIV-ə-sə
Other Forms FormsDub Essa, Dubheasa, Duibheasa, Duibhessa
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Contributor Contrib.Rioghnach on 8/13/2008
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Dubh Essa, which possibly meant "dark-haired nurse" (i.e., "Black Essa"). It was fairly common in Ireland in the 13th and 14th centuries. This spelling occurs in M. J. Molloy's comic play 'The Wooing of Duvessa' (1964).