Maeve: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Maeve

Maeve

Pronunciation: MAYV (key)

Origin of the name Maeve:

Anglicized form of Meadhbh, a name of uncertain meaning.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Maebh, Medbh

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The origin of the name Maeve is Irish. Translated from the Gaelic, Maeve means "she who intoxicates."In Irish legend Maeve was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht (the western province of Ireland) who organized the death of the hero Cúchulainn.

Personal experiences with the name Maeve: | Edit

My names Maeve! Growing up, I hated it, the kids in school had trouble spelling it and the substitute teachers and coaches totally butchered it. But its easy to say and the normal teachers absolutely loved the name. I got compliments all my life but I didn't start liking the name until I was a late teenager. I went to college and realized how much people love the name, every time I meet someone they say how beautiful/cool/unique/pretty my name is and ask me what it means. I've even had people name their daughters Maeve after meeting me and hearing my name. I love how its short and has this strong yet delicate sound to it. My friend says it reminds her of a faerie and another friend says a princess. It's awesome how so many nicknames come out of it but the most common is Maevey. I'm half german from my dads side, half irish from my moms side and she named me Maeve after the warrior Queen. I absolutely love my name and wouldn't trade it for the world. Its a good feeling to know I'm the only "Maeve" in every school I've ever been to, never met another one of me, yet my name is so easy and light on the lips.

A nurse told my grandmother in the hospital not to name her new daughter Maeve, because that would be "the sort of girl to hang about the pubs."

An old favorite of mine. After we named our daughter I learned that my paternal grandfather grew up on the land that Queen Maeve was allegedly buried at in County Sligo, Ireland.

When we told our Irish nurse that we had named our daughter Maeve, she exclaimed "Oh, THAT's a name to live up to!"

Echoing a theme here: I'm not a superstitious person but...naming your daughter after a warrior queen who specialized in fighting her husband and seducing his generals, is not something to do lightly. The Maeve I know best (now in her 30s) is a smarter than anyone I know, a mechanical engineer who races (and fixes) motorcycles, wears a lot of makeup, is frequently mistaken for a stripper, and takes no @%$# from nobody. On the positive side, she did give up smoking (we can guess when she started).

My parents almost named me Maeve, but changed their mind when they heard the name Meg on a TV show.

Nicknames for Maeve: | Edit

Maevey Gravy; Maevester; Maevers: May-May; Maevey; Maevey-Moo; Maevy Bean; Maverick
Mae, Eve, Vee

Maevey Baby, Mavis, Maveto, Maezie, Maeve-a-wave

May, Mia

Meanings and history of the name Maeve: | Edit

Maeve (or Medb) is queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.
Intoxicating or one who intoxicates

Famous real-life people named Maeve: | Edit

Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist.
Maeve Quinlan, American actress.
Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Irish classical soprano, former member of the musical group Celtic Woman.
Maeve Brennan, Irish short story writer and journalist.
Maeve Kinkead, American soap opera actress.
Dr. Mary Beatrice "Maeve" Finnegan, widow of the late President of Ireland Dr. Patrick Hillery.

Maeve in song, story & screen: | Edit

Maeve is a character in the book "Babyville" by Jane Green.
Maeve Is a character in the series "Beacon Street Girls" By Annie Bryant
Maeve is a character in games Warcraft III and World of Warcraft

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