Usage Irish (Anglicized)
Other Forms FormsDub Essa, Dubheasa, Duibheasa, Duibhessa
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Meaning & History
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).