Maeve

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Maeve
Pronunciation/ˈmv/
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameIrish
Meaning""
Region of originEurope
Popularitysee popular names

Maeve, Maev or Maiv is a female given name of Irish origin. It was spelled Medb in Old Irish (pronounced [mɛðv]), Meḋḃ, Meaḋḃ in Middle Irish, Meadhbh in early modern Irish ([mɛɣv]),[1] and is now spelled Méabh ([mʲeːv]) or Medbh in modern Irish. It is usually Anglicised as Maeve /ˈmv/, with variants such as Maev, Meave, Maive, and Maebh. The name means 'intoxicating' or 'she who intoxicates' and has strong links to mead, an ancient honey wine typically consumed during a marriage ceremony. (Some scholars have offered alternative etymologies). It is rooted in the Irish legend of Queen Maeve or Medb, one of the main protagonists of the early Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge. It is also associated with the fairy queen Queen Mab of Irish and English legend. Maeve (that spelling) was a Top 100 girls' name in Ireland for all but 12 of the 46 years between 1964 and 2009, and Meabh ranked #76 on the list of the most popular Irish girls' names of 2017. In Northern Ireland, Maeve was a Top 100 girls' name between 1997 and 2004, and Meabh ranked #44 in 2017.[2]

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  1. nic Bryan, Mari Elspeth (4 January 2004). "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Meadhbh." MedievalScotland.org. Retrieved 26 August 2018. http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Meadhbh.shtml
  2. Nickerson, Eleanor (25 August 2018). "Maeve: A sleek and sturdy perennial Irish choice with a fascinating warrior-queen goddess namesake. Ripe for export." British Baby Names. Retrieved 26 August 2018. http://www.britishbabynames.com/blog/2018/08/name-of-the-week-maeve.html

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  1. ^ nic Bryan, Mari Elspeth (4 January 2004). "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Meadhbh". MedievalScotland.org. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ Nickerson, Eleanor (25 August 2018). "Name of the Week: Maeve: A sleek and sturdy perennial Irish choice with a fascinating warrior-queen goddess namesake. Ripe for export". British Baby Names. Retrieved 27 August 2018.