Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. NYA-sə(Irish)
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Meaning & History

From Old Irish Ness, meaning uncertain. In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobar. She installed her son as king of Ulster by convincing Fergus mac Róich (her husband and Conchobar's stepfather) to give up his throne to the boy for a year and then helping him rule so astutely that the Ulstermen demanded that he remain as king. According to some versions of the legend she was originally named Assa meaning "gentle", but was renamed Ní-assa "not gentle" after she sought to avenge the murders of her foster fathers.

Related Names

VariantsNessa, Neassa(Irish) Neas, Ness, Nessa(Irish Mythology)

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Entry updated January 21, 2022