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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][2] Anglicised forms of the name are Niav, Neve, Neave, Neeve and Nieve.[3] 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]

  • Canadian actress Neve Campbell's name /ˈnɛv/ came from her mother's maiden name, and is of Dutch and Sephardic Jewish origin; the similarity of her name to Niamh is coincidental


  • Niamh Cassidy in the soap opera Fair City
  • Niamh, wife of Slaine Mac Roth in the 2000 AD comic series Sláine
  • Niamh Quigley in the BBC Television programme Ballykissangel
  • Niamh O'Connor, minor character in the soap opera Emmerdale
  • Niamh, character in the book Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  • Niamh Cranitch, character in the BBC legal drama, Silk
  • Niamh Connolly, character in Channel 4 TV series Father Ted
  • Niamh Brodie, deceased sister of character Jackson Brodie in the book Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • Niamh Fairbrother, character in the book The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
  • Ebba/Niamh Rose, known as Rose, main character in the book East by Edith Pattou
  • Niamh, character in the ABC2 show Please Like Me
  • Niamh, character in the movie Dark Touch

Other uses of the name[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Niamh
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Neve