Gender Feminine

Meaning & History

Probably derived from the old Celtic root *swādu- meaning "sweet" [2]. This was a common name in medieval Ireland. In Irish mythology Sadb was a woman transformed into a deer. She was the mother of Oisín by Fionn mac Cumhaill.

Related Names

VariantsSabia, Sadbh, Sadhbh(Irish Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesSadhbh, Sive, Saibh(Irish)

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Sources & References

  1. O'Brien, Kathleen M. Index of Names in Irish Annals, available from https://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Sadb.shtml.
  2. Matasović, Ranko. Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic. Brill, 2009, page 360.
Entry updated January 21, 2022