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NAME

PRONOUNCE

ENGLISH

DESCRIPTION

Neala, Neila

“nee + la”

 

Meaning “female champion” it is the feminine form of Niall.

Nessa, Neasa

 

 

Nessa was the mother of Conchobhar (Conor) Mac Nessa, king of Ulster. A powerful and beautiful woman, ambitious for her son, she tricked her second husband, Fergus, into giving up his kingdom to his stepson, Conchobhar (Conor), for a year, but Conchobhar (Conor) ruled so wisely and so well that the people chose him to be their permanent king.

Niamh

“nee + iv” or “neev”

Neave
Niav

niamh ”radiance, lustre, brightness.” The daughter of the sea god Manannan she was known as “Niamh of the Golden Hair,” a beautiful princess riding on a white horse. She fell in love with Fionn’s son Oisin (read the legend of Niamh and Oisin) and lived with him in Tir-na-nOg (“Land of the Young”) (read the legend) where 300 years passed in what seemed like three weeks.

Nola, Noleen

 

 

Popular names that are considered to be abbreviated forms of Fionnoula.

Nollaig

“null + ig”

Noelle

Used for both male and female it is the Irish word for Christmas, as in Noel or Noelle.

Nora, Norah, Noreen

 

 

A classic Irish name, it could be a shortened form of Eleanor meaning “torch” or could be from the Latin Honora meaning “honor, reputation” and became so popular in Ireland in the Middle Ages that many people assumed it was Irish. Noreen is the diminutive of Nora and means “little honourable one.”

Nuala

“noo + la”

 

It is really a shortened version of Fionnuala (see Fionnuala above) and in Ireland it is more widely used than Fionnuala. Meaning “fair shouldered, exceptionally lovely,” the name has been in existence since the 13th century.

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