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.

The town Cahersiveen in County Kerry roughly translates to 'The Fortress of Little Sadhbh'.

The Whiteboys, a secret agrarian organisation in 18th century Ireland, referred to themselves as "Queen Sive Oultagh's children" ("Sive" or "Sieve Oultagh" being anglicised from the Irish Sadhbh Amhaltach, or Ghostly Sally).[3]

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  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.
  3. ^ Kenny, Kevin (1998). Making Sense of the Molly Maguires. Oxford University Press. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh lyrics and chords -". Retrieved 2017-12-28. 

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