Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. SIV-nyə(Irish)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Old Irish Suibne, possibly derived from subae meaning "joy, pleasure". This was the name of several figures from early Irish history, including a 7th-century high king and an 8th-century saint. It also appears in the Irish legend Buile Suibhne (meaning "The Madness of Suibhne") about a king who goes insane after being cursed by Saint Rónán Finn.

Related Names

VariantsSuibne, Sweeney
Other Languages & CulturesSuibne(Old Irish)


Entry updated January 21, 2022