Siobhan

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Siobhán
PronunciationIrish pronunciation: [ˈʃɪwaːn̪ˠ] or [ʃəˈvˠaːn̪ˠ]
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameHebrew יוחנן Yôḥānnān
MeaningGod's grace
Region of originIreland
Other names
Related namesJoan, Joanne, Joanna, Jane, Sinéad, Sean

Siobhán (English: /ʃɪˈvɔːn/ shi-VAWN) is a female given name of Irish origin. The most common anglicisations are Siobhan, Chevonne, Shevaun and Shivaun.[1]

It is derived from the Anglo-Norman Jehane and Jehanne[2][3] (Modern French Jeanne) which were introduced into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the Middle Ages.[3]

The name is thus a cognate of the English Joan,[2][4] derived from the Latin Ioanna and Iohanna (modern English Joanna, Joanne), which are in turn from the Greek Iōanna. This Greek name is a feminine form of the Greek Iōannēs,[4] which is in turn a shortened form of the Hebrew Johanan[5] (יוֹחָנָן Yôḥānān, a shortened form of יְהוֹחָנָן Yəhôḥānān), meaning 'God is gracious', and origin of the masculine name John and its cognates.

The popularity of the actress Siobhán McKenna (1923–1986) helped the resurgence of the name in the twentieth century.[6]

The Scottish Gaelic form of the name is Siubhan (which is usually anglicised Judith).[7]

The male Irish form of the name is Seán.

People[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Siobhan Clarke, Detective Sergeant in Ian Rankin's John Rebus novels.
  • Silver Banshee, also known as Siobhan McDougal, a supervillain appearing in DC Comics.
  • Siobhan Sadler, also known as "Mrs. S" a foster mother to two of the main characters in the television series Orphan Black
  • Siobhan Martin, one of the twin sisters portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the short-lived drama Ringer
  • Siobhan Ryan, daughter of Maeve and Johnny Ryan on the American daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope
  • Siobhan, one of Christopher's teachers at school in Mark Haddon'sThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Siobhan, female vampire appearing in the last book of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Siobhan Sharpe, head of brand for the Olympic Deliverance Commission in the BBC television series Twenty Twelve
  • Siobhan Kelly, deputy in the Cinemax series Banshee
  • Siobhan Brody, mother of Roarke in J. D. Robb's In Death series[8]
  • Siobhan 'Shiv' Roy, daughter of patriarch Logan Roy on the HBO series Succession
  • Siobhan Pattinson is one of the two main characters of the LGBT webcomic Outsiders, being the lesbian lover of Ebony Larsson. [9]

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 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.
  3. ^ a b Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma, Gaelic personal names, Academy Press, p. 165, ISBN 9780906187395.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ http://www.jdrobb.com/books/allbooks.php
  9. ^ MacVeigh, Ruairidh (2018-06-08). "Outsiders". SmackJeeves.com.

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