Niamh (pr. neeve) is an Irish female name meaning “bright” or “radiant”. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). After what seemed to him three years having passed (though in reality it was 300), he decides to return to Ireland. Niamh gives him her horse, Embarr, and warns him not to dismount because if he does, the years will catch up to him and he will die. This happens when he falls off the horse and to the ground.

Origin: Irish



  • Neve (English, Irish)
  • Neeve (English, Irish)
  • Nia (Welsh)


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