Sadhbh (name)

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Illustration of Sadb by Arthur Rackham, 1910
Pronunciation /sv/
Irish: [ˈsˠɐɪvˠ]
Gender Female
Word/name Proto-Celtic *sŭādŭā
Meaning Sweet-lovely
Region of origin Ireland, Irish diaspora
Other names
Related names Saidhbhín (diminutive)[1]

Sadhbh (also spelled Sadb, Saibh, Sadbh, Sadhb; anglicised Sive or Saeve) is an Irish feminine personal name. Derived from Proto-Celtic *sŭādŭā '(the) sweet and lovely (lady)',[2] the name is cognate with the initial elements in the attested Gallic names Suadu-gena and Suadu-rix and with Sanskrit svādú-, Ancient Greek hedýs, Latin suāvis (compare Suada), Tocharian B swāre and Modern English sweet.

Notable people[edit]

In fiction[edit]

  • Sadhbh
  • Sadb ingen Chuinn
  • Sive, a 1959 play by John B. Keane and also the name of its lead character
  • Sadbh is the real name of the protagonist, "Saffy", in Ella Griffin's 2011 novel Postcards from the Heart


  1. ^ Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, 1923
  2. ^ Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch page 1039; Delamarre 284; Ellis Evans 1967: 258; Meid 2005: 206f.

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