Brigid

Brigid is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, the goddess of fire, poetry, healing, and fertility, among a few other things. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one” from Proto-Celtic *briganti (high, elevated; exalted) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brighid (Irish) Bridget (Irish, English) Bridgette (English) Brigit (Irish) Bríd…

Fionnuala

Fionnuala is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the daughter of King Lir and the sister of Aodh, Fiachra, and Conn. She and her brothers were changed into swans by their stepmother Aoife, a curse that lasted for 900 years. The name is made up from Irish elements finn (fair, white) and guala (shoulder) meaning “fair shoulder” or “fair-shouldered”….

Oscar

Oscar is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the son of Oisín, a hero and a poet, and the fairy Niamh, and the grandson of Fionn mac Cumhail. The name means “deer friend” made up from Middle Irish os (deer) and cara (friend). It could also be derived from Old English Osgar meaning “god spear” made up from…

Feidelm

Feidelm is an Irish female name which is borne by several women in Irish mythology, including the daughter of Conchobar Mac Nessa (the King of Ulster in the Ulster cycle),  and a female prophetess and learned poet. The meaning behind the name is unknown. It could possibly be a feminine form of Feidlimid (also spelled Féilim), a male name…

Ferguson

Ferguson comes from a Scottish surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Fergus”, Fergus being the anglicized form of Fearghas, a Gaelic name meaning “man of vigor” composed from fear (man) and gus (vigor). It’s the name of several figures in Irish and Scottish mythology. Nicknames: Fergie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Fergus (Irish, Scottish) Fearghas (Irish, Scottish)  

Alison

Alison is a medieval French diminutive of Aalis (Alice) which comes from Germanic Adelais, itself a short form of Adalheidis “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type). Alison is also an English and Scottish surname with several possible meanings: it may have originated as a matronymic surname…

Rowan

Rowan comes from an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter meaning “little red one”, a diminutive of Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European root. In Irish mythology, Ruadhán is the son of the Brigid, a goddess of…

Brian

Brian is an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning “hill” which, by extension, also means “high, noble”. It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning “high”, briga- meaning “might” and “power”, or brigh- meaning “noble, strong, virtuous”. Brian is also a surname originating from the given name. Brian…

Bevin

Bevin is an Irish female name, the anglicized form of Bébinn meaning “fair lady” though some sources also list it as meaning “melodious woman” made up of Irish bean (woman; wife) via Proto-Celtic *benā (woman) derived from a PIE source; and either fionn meaning “fair, white” or Old Irish binn (melodious, harmonious, sweet). Bébinn has also sometimes been used as an anglicized…