Lir

Lir is the Irish cognate of Llyr, the name of the Welsh god of the sea in Welsh mythology. The name means “sea” or “ocean”. In Irish mythology, Lir is the Irish god of the sea and the father of Manannan mac Lir, also a sea deity. There’s also an Irish legend called The Children of Lir, in…

Cian

Cian (pr. kee-an; Forvo) is the name of a hero in Irish mythology. It means “ancient; long, distant, far” derived from a Proto-Celtic word. In Irish mythology, Cian was a man who owned a magical cow that never ran out of milk. It was stolen from him by Balor and in an attempt to get her…

Dorrity

Dorrity comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of O’Dochartairgh meaning “descendant of Dochartach”, the latter a male given name originally given as a nickname,  made up of do- (impossible; ill, evil) and cartach (not loving) essentially meaning “hurtful”, “obstructive”, or “stern”. Nicknames: Dorr, Dorie Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Boann

Boann is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, goddess of the River Boyne. Her name means “white cow” from Irish bó (cow) and fhionn (fair, white). She had an affair with the Dagda, an important god in Irish mythology, despite being married to Elcmar (also known by Nuada), and she became pregnant by him. In order to hide their…

Nuada

Nuada (pr. noo-a-tha or noo-a-da; Forvo) is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, known as Nuada Airgetlám (Nuada of the Silver Arm), who was king of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He lost his arm in battle, which was later replaced by a silver one. It’s possible that Nuada may have been related to Nodens, a Celtic god associated…

Moira

Moira is the anglicized form of Máire, the Irish form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from…

Emer

Emer is the name of the wife of Cúchulainn in Irish mythology (a legendary hero in Irish myth) said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, a gentle voice, sweet speech, needlework, wisdom, and chastity. Her name means “swift” from Irish eimh. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Éimhear (Irish) Eimear (Irish) Eimhir (Scottish)  

Rafferty

Rafferty comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Ó Rabhartaigh meaning “descendant of Rabhartach”, Rabhartach being a personal name meaning composed of Old Irish elements rath (bestowal, grant; prosperity; abundance) and beartaigh (cast; brandish), essentially meaning “bringing prosperity”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “flood tide”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Enda

Enda is an Irish male name, an anglicized form of Énna which may mean “birdlike”, from Old Irish én (bird) via Proto-Celtic *ɸetnos (bird) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Énna (Irish) Éanna (Irish)  

Keeva

Keeva is an anglicized form of Caoimhe, an Irish female name meaning “dear, gentle, beautiful” which comes from Irish caomh (dear, gentle; lovely) via Old Irsh cóem derived from a PIE root word; it’s related to the same root word as Kevin. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Caoimhe (Irish, Scottish) Kiva (English) Keavy (Irish, Scottish)