Niamh

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Niamh
Pronunciation Neev
Gender feminine
Language(s) Irish
Origin
Word/name Ireland
Meaning bright, radiant
Region of origin Ireland
Other names
Alternative spelling Neve
Popularity see popular names

Niamh or Niambh (Irish pronunciation: [ˈniːəv], from Old Irish Niaṁ) is an Irish feminine given name (meaning "bright" or "radiant"),[1] anglicised as Neve, Nieve, or Neave /ˈnv/.[2]

In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannán mac Lir and one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth. She was the lover of the poet-hero Oisín.

Neave (variants Neeve, Neve, Neaf, Niave, Neaves, Neeves, Niaves) is an unrelated English surname cognate to the word nephew. The form Neve is also used as a Dutch and Flemish surname. The given name of Canadian actress Neve Campbell is derived from the Dutch surname, her mother's maiden name.

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