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Pronunciation /ˈnv/ or Irish: [ˈniː.əv]
Gender feminine
Language(s) Irish
Word/name Ireland
Meaning brightness and beauty
Region of origin Ireland

Niamh (Irish pronunciation: [ˈniːəv], with two syllables) is an Irish language feminine given name (meaning 'bright' or 'radiant').[1] Anglicised forms of the name are Niav, Neve, Neave, Neeve and Nieve.[2] The Old Irish spelling is Niaṁ.

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

The name is distinguished from the rather similarly pronounced but now uncommon masculine name name Naomh or Naoimh (meaning 'saint', 'blessed', 'holy', or 'sacred' in Irish and Scottish Gaelic); it is more often encountered as a title than a given name, e.g. Naomh Padraig 'Saint Patrick', and is common in the Irish-language names of many Gaelic Athletic Association clubs named after saints.

Women named Niamh[edit]

Women named Neve or Nieve[edit]


Other uses of the name[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Niamh
  2. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Neve