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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Beibhinn

“be + veen”

Bevin, Bevan

A blend of bean ”woman, lady” and finn ”fair, white” originally described Viking women. Brian Boru‘s (read the legend) mother was called Beibhinn and he named his daughter for her. In legend, the golden-haired giantess Beibhinn sought sanctuary with Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend) so she would not have to marry the giant “Hugh The Splendid.”

Blathnaid, Blanaid

“blaw + nid”

 

blath means “flower, blossom.” In legend, Blaithnaid, the reluctant wife of Curai Mac Daire, loved Cuchulainn (read the legend), her husband’s rival. She revealed the secret entrance to her husband’s fortress to him by milking her cow and letting the milk run down the hill into a stream. Cuchulainn followed the stream, raided the fortress and rescued Blathnaid.

Branna, Brannagh

“bran + na”

 

From bran ”raven,” a way of saying “beauty with hair as dark as a raven.”

Briana, Brianna

“bree + a + na”

 

“noble, virtuous.” The feminine of Brian.

Brigid, Bridget

“bridge + id”

Brigit

The name Brigid from brigh meaning “power, vigour, virtue” epitomizes the Irish genius for layering old and new. The main female deity of the Celts, Brigid made the land fruitful and animals multiply, she blessed poets and blacksmiths. Her namesake St. Brigid of Kildare carried her powers into the Christian era. The stories of Brigid”s compassion and miracles are told now as they have been for more than 1500 years in every part of Ireland. She is equal in esteem and shares a grave with St. Patrick and St. Columcille. Her feast day, February 1st, is the first day of Spring in the Celtic calender.

Bronagh

“bro + nah”

Brona

Though rooted in bronach ”sad, sorrowful” St. Bronagh must have been a popular figure in her home area of County Down where her bell is venerated because so many girls in that area are named for her now as they have been for over 1000 years.

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