Usage Ancient Irish
Other Forms FormsFaoiltiarna, Faoiltighearna, Faoiltigerna, Whiltierna, Failtigerna (Latinized)
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Meaning & History
Derived from Irish Gaelic faol "wolf" (compare Faolán) and tighearna "lord" or "mistress" (compare Tighearnach). This is the name of an obscure Irish saint commemorated on 17 March, whose sex is forgotten, being recorded inconsistently. In modern times it is often treated as feminine, with Faoiltiarn (see Filtiarn) regarded as a "masculine" form.