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AILLEANN f Irish Mythology
This was the true name of the Grey-hammed Lady who, in an Irish romance, married King Arthur when she took him and his men to the Otherworld. She was the daughter of Daire
(Daere in Welsh legend), a fairy king, by Rathlean
AIMEND f Irish Mythology
Irish sun godess. This name appears to be derived from Proto-Celtic aidu-mandā
. The name literally means "burning stain," which may have been a byword for the notion of ‘sunburn.’ The Romano-British form of this Proto-Celtic name is likely to have been Aedumanda
AOIBHEALL f Irish Mythology, Folklore
Probably from Old Irish óibell
"spark, fire". In Irish legend this is the name of a banshee or goddess who appeared to the Irish king Brian Boru on the eve of the Battle of Clontarf (1014). She is still said to dwell in the fairy mound of Craig Liath in County Clare.
AOIBHGRÉINE f Irish Mythology
Derived from Irish aoibh
"smile, pleasant expression" and grian
"sun". This name belonged to the daughter of Deirdre and Naoise in Longas Mac nUislenn
(The Exile of the Sons of Uisnech
), a story of the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology... [more]
BADB f Irish Mythology, Irish
Means "crow, demon" in early Irish (and may have originally denoted "battle" or "strife"). In Irish myth the Badb was a war goddess who took the form of a crow. She and her sisters, the Morrígan
, were a trinity of war goddesses known collectively as the Morrígna
BÁINE f & m Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Mythology
An Irish name meaning "whiteness, pallor". In Irish Mythology, Báine was a princess, daughter of Tuathal Techtmar, ancestor of the kings of Ireland. "Cailín na Gruaige Báine" and "Bruach na Carraige Báine" are the names of two traditional Irish songs.... [more]
BÉCUMA f Irish Mythology
Means "troubled lady", from Old Irish bé
"woman" and a second element, perhaps chuma
, meaning "grief, sorrow, wound". In Irish legend she was a woman who "dwelt in the Land of Promise and had an affair with Gaiar, a son of Manannán mac Lir, the sea-god... [more]
BÉTÉIDE f Irish Mythology
Means "wanton lady" in Irish Gaelic, from bé
"woman" and téide
"wantonness" (see Téide
). In Irish legend she is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, daughter of the goddess Flidais
and sister of the witch-like Bé Chuille.
BODB m Irish Mythology
In Irish mythology, Bodb Derg was a son of Eochaid Garb or the Dagda, and the Dagda's successor as King of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
BRANDUBH m Irish Mythology
Means "black raven" in Irish. In Irish legend this was a board game played by the heroes and gods. It was also the name of a king of Leinster (whom the 'Annals of Ulster' say died in 604); he was a good friend of Mongán of the Dál nAraidi but coveted Mongán's wife, Dubh Lacha... [more]
BREOGÁN m Irish Mythology, Galician, Spanish
This was the name of a Milesian hero in Irish mythology. King Breogán from Galicia constructed the Tower of Brigantium, of such great height that his sons Ith
could see the distant green shore of Ireland from its top... [more]
CAÍLTE m Irish, Irish Mythology
Older form of Caoilte
, possibly derived from Irish caol
meaning "slender". In Irish legend Caílte was a warrior of the Fianna and their foremost poet. He killed the god Lir
in battle during the war between the gods.
CAIRENN f Irish Mythology
In medieval Irish legends, this name was borne by the mother of Niall
of the Nine Hostages, a concubine of King Eochu (or Eochaid). She was treated harshly by his jealous wife Queen Mongfind
, but later rescued by her son.
CESSAIR f Irish, Irish Mythology
Allegedly means "affliction, sorrow". According to Irish legend Cessair was a granddaughter of Noah who died in the great flood. The name also belonged to a Gaulish princess who married the Irish high king Úgaine Mór in the 5th or 6th century BC.
CETHLENN f Irish Mythology
Possibly means "crooked tooth". In Irish myth she was the wife of Balor of the Evil Eye, king of the Fomorians and by him the mother of Ethniu (or Eithne
, Ethlenn).... [more]
COCHRANN f Irish Mythology
Perhaps from Cróchnait
, which was derived from Irish cróch
"saffron, red" (from Latin crocus
) combined with a diminutive suffix. In the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology Cochrann is a daughter of Cathaír
Mór, king of Leinster, and the mother of Diarmaid
; in ballads the character is known as Cróchnat.
COLLA m Scottish, Irish, Irish Mythology
This is said to have been the name of three warrior brothers who founded the Irish kingdom of Airgialla and whose descendents ruled the Scottish kingdom of Dal Riada. ... [more]
DÉRGRÉINE f Irish Mythology
Means "tear of the sun", composed of Old Irish dér
"tear" and grían
"the sun" (genitive gréine
; compare Aoibhgréine
). In Irish legend Dér Gréine was the daughter of Fiachna
Mac Retach, who married Laoghaire
Mac Crimthann of Connacht.
FAINCHE f Irish (Rare), Irish Mythology
Derived from Irish fuinche
meaning "scald-crow" or "black fox". It occurs in Irish myth as the name of the daughter of Dáire Derg and mother of the three Fothads by a warrior called Mac Nia... [more]
FERDIA m Irish Mythology
From Fer Diad
, which is of uncertain meaning. The first element is Gaelic fear
"man"; the second element could be related to dïas
"two persons" ("man of the pair") or an element meaning "smoke" ("man of smoke")... [more]
FERDIAD m Irish Mythology
Irish name likely meaning "warrior of the pair". In Irish mythology, Ferdiad was the best friend and foster brother of Cú Chulainn, whom he is eventually forced to fight and subsequently killed by.
FIAL f Irish Mythology
Means "generous, modest, honorable" in Irish. In Irish myth this was the name of Emer
's elder sister, "also a goddess", whom Cúchulainn
supposedly rejected because of her relations with Cairbre
Nia Fer... [more]
FLIDAIS f Irish Mythology
Meaning uncertain, allegedly "doe". Flidais was an Irish goddess of forests, hunting and wild animals, especially stags and deer - by which her chariot was drawn. She is the chief figure in the 'Táin Bó Flidhais', one of the lesser known cattle raid tales which makes her the wife of Ailill Finn and lover, later wife, of the hero Fergus mac Róich.
FORGALL m Irish Mythology
Perhaps related to Irish forgella
"testifies". In Irish legend he was the father of Emer
, nicknamed "the cunning, dextrous, wily". The Wily Lord of Lusca tried to prevent his daughter marrying Cúchulainn
and, rather than face the champion's wrath, leapt to his death from the ramparts of his fortress.
FRAOCH m Irish Mythology
Means "wrath" or "fury" in Irish. Fraoch is a Connacht hero in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, the hero of the 'Táin Bó Fraoch', Cattle Raid of Fraoch (which has been claimed to be the main source of the English saga of 'Beowulf')... [more]
GRIAN f Irish Mythology
Grian (literally, "Sun") is the name of an Irish figure, presumed to be a pre-Christian goddess, associated with County Limerick and Cnoc Greine ("Hill of Grian, Hill of the sun").
LEABHARCHAM f Irish Mythology
Means "crooked book" from Gaelic leabhar
"book" and cham
"crooked" (a byname probably referring to posture). In Irish legend this was the name of the wise old woman who raised Deirdre
in seclusion, and who brought together Deirdre and Naoise
LÍOBHAN f Irish Mythology
Form of the Gaelic name Lí Ban
, meaning "beauty of women". It belonged to two characters in Irish myth, one a mermaid captured in Lough Neagh in 558, according to the 'Annals of the Four Masters' (see also Muirgen
MACHA f Irish, Irish Mythology
Possibly from Proto-Celtic *makajā
"plain (level country)". In Irish legend this was the name of a war goddess, sister of the Morrígan
and the Badb
. She was the legendary founder of Eṁain Ṁacha, seat of the Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa, and her name survives in the Irish place name Armagh
which was originally Ard Mhacha
NEMAIN f Irish Mythology
In Irish Mythology, Nemain is the fairy spirit of the frenzied havoc of war, and possibly an aspect of Morrigan
. Nemain can mean "venomous" relating it to the Proto-Celtic "nemi
" meaning "dose of poison," or the Old Irish "nem
" or "neimi
" meaning "poison."
RIPHATH m Biblical, Irish Mythology, Irish, Scottish
Name of Gomer second-born son in Genesis ch. 10. Irish/Scottish oral tradition (Leber Gabala Eirinn) lists him as the ancestor of the Scots (including the Irish). They too call him the second son of Gomer... [more]
TETHRA m Irish Mythology
In Irish myth, king of the Fomorians, as well as the sea god and god of the otherworld. He was killed in the first battle of Mag Tuireadh. Since then he rules Mag Mell.
UATHACH f Irish Mythology
From Irish úathach
meaning "terrible, dreadful". In Irish legend she was the daughter of Scáthach
and fellow teacher at her school for warriors.