Siobhán

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Siobhán
Pronunciation Irish pronunciation: [ˈʃɪwaːn̪ˠ] or [ʃəˈvˠaːn̪ˠ]
Gender Female
Origin
Word/Name Hebrew יוחנן Yôḥānnān
Meaning God's grace
Region of origin Ireland
Other names
Related names Joan, Joanne, Joanna, Jane, Sinéad

Siobhán (English pronunciation: /ʃɨˈvɔːn/ shi-VAWN; Irish pronunciation: [ˈʃɪwaːn̪ˠ] or [ʃəˈvˠaːn̪ˠ]) is a feminine Irish name.

It is derived from the Anglo-Norman Jehane and Jehanne,[1][2] which were introduced into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the Middle Ages.[2] The name is thus a cognate of the English Joan,[1][3] and ultimately derived from the Latin Ioanna and Iohanna, which are in turn from the Greek Iōanna. This Greek name is a feminine form of the Greek Iōannēs,[3] which is in turn a shortened form of the Hebrew Johanan, meaning "God is gracious".[4]

The popularity of the actress Siobhán McKenna (1923–1986) helped the resurgence of the name in the twentieth century.[5]

The Scottish Gaelic form of the name is Siubhan (which is usually Anglicised Judith).[4] Alternative spellings of Siobhán include: Siobhan, Siobhain, Siobhann, Siobhin, Siobhon, Siobahn, Shivon, Siavon, Siovhan, Shivaune, Shivaun, Shavon, Sioban, Siobain, Shivonne, Shvaugn, Shivaughn, Shivaughne, Shievonne, Shavaughn, Shavaughne, Shavaughan, Shavaugn, Shavaugne, Shavaun, Shavaune, Sheavaughn, Shevaun, Shevawn, Shavone, Shavonne, Shevonne, Chevonne, Chivonne, Chevon and Shivan, and Chivoun and Ciobhinne.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 356, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  2. ^ a b Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma, Gaelic personal names, Academy Press, p. 165, ISBN 9780906187395 .
  3. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 144, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  4. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 146, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  5. ^ "Siobhán". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. [dead link]. The webpage cited the following book: Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia. A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4. 

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