Siobhan

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Siobhán
PronunciationEnglish: /ʃɪˈvɔːn/ shiv-AWN
Irish: [ˈʃʊwaːn̪ˠ, ʃəˈvˠaːn̪ˠ]
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameHebrew יוחנןYôḥānnān
MeaningGod's grace
Region of originIreland
Other names
Related namesJoan, Joanne, Joanna, Jane, Sinéad, Sean, Shawna, Shauna

Siobhán is a female given name of Irish origin. The most common anglicisations are Siobhan (identical to the Irish spelling but omitting the Síneadh fada acute accent over the 'a'), Shevaun and Shivaun.[1] A now uncommon spelling variant is Siubhán.[2][3]

It is derived from the Anglo-Norman Jehane and Jehanne[4][5] (Modern French Jeanne) which were introduced into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the Middle Ages.[5] The name first appears in the surviving Irish annals in the early fourteenth century.[6]

The name is thus a cognate of the Welsh Siân and the English Joan,[4][7] derived from the Latin Ioanna and Iohanna (modern English Joanna, Joanne), which are in turn from the Greek Iōanna (Ἰωάννα). This Greek name is a feminine form of the Greek Iōannēs (Ἰωάννης),[7] which is in turn a shortened form of the Hebrew Johanan[8] (יוֹחָנָןYôḥānān, a shortened form of יְהוֹחָנָןYəhôḥānān), meaning 'God is gracious', and origin of the masculine name John and its cognates.[citation needed]

The popularity of the actress Siobhán McKenna (1923–1986) helped the resurgence of the name in the 20th century.[9]

The Scottish Gaelic form of the name is Siobhàn (which are sometimes anglicised Judith).[10][2][11]

The male Irish form of the name is Seán.

People[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Siobhan, one of Christopher's teachers at school in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Siobhan, a female vampire appearing in the last book of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Siobhan Beckett, a character from the science fiction series Earth: Final Conflict
  • Siobhan Brody, mother of Roarke's mother in J. D. Robb's In Death novels[12][dead link]
  • Siobhan Clarke, Detective Sergeant in Ian Rankin's John Rebus novels
  • Siobhan Kelly, deputy in the Cinemax series Banshee
  • Siobhan Martin, one of the twin sisters portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the short-lived drama Ringer
  • Siobhan McDougal, also known as Silver Banshee, a DC Comics supervillain
  • Siobhan Pattinson, one of the two main characters of the LGBT webcomic Outsiders [13]
  • Siobhan "Shiv" Roy, the daughter of patriarch Logan Roy on the HBO series Succession
  • Siobhan Ryan, daughter of Maeve and Johnny Ryan on the American daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope from 1978 to 1989
  • Siobhan Sadler, also known as "Mrs. S" a foster mother to two of the main characters in the television series Orphan Black
  • Siobhan Sharpe, head of brand for the Olympic Deliverance Commission in the BBC television series Twenty Twelve
  • Shevaun Tillman, a character in James Clavell's novel Tai-Pan
  • Siobhan O'Brien, a character in Sung J. Woo's novel Skin Deep[14]
  • Siobhan Sheehan, character in HBO series “Mare of Easttown”

Diminutive[edit]

Siobhán has a corresponding diminutive form, Sinéad (after French Jeannette). Examples of this name include singer Sinéad O'Connor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Todd, Loreto. Celtic Names for Children. O'Brien, 2000. p.73
  2. ^ a b "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Siobhán". medievalscotland.org.
  3. ^ "SIUBHÁN - Irish Names and Surnames". www.libraryireland.com.
  4. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 356, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1.
  5. ^ a b Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma, Gaelic personal names, Academy Press, p. 165, ISBN 9780906187395.
  6. ^ "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Feminine Given Names 1201 - 1600". medievalscotland.org.
  7. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 144, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  8. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 146, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  9. ^ "Siobhán". Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 17 July 2010.[dead link]. The webpage cited the following book: Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia. A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.
  10. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 409, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1.
  11. ^ "Scottish First Names: Gaelic Women's Names". namenerds.com.
  12. ^ http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks.php
  13. ^ MacVeigh, Ruairidh (2018-06-08). "Outsiders". SmackJeeves.com.
  14. ^ "Skin Deep". www.polisbooks.com. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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