Niamh Name Meaning & Origin

Niamh

Pronunciation: NEEV (key)

Origin of the name Niamh:

Gaelic name derived from niamh (bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Neve, Nia, Nieve

Looking for the perfect name? Try the Name MatchMaker to find the perfect baby name for you!

NameVoyager

US Popularity of Niamh Over Time

Sister & Brother Names

Know a Niamh? What are her siblings named?

Read more

Contribute your knowledge to the name Niamh

Comments and insights on the name Niamh
Personal experiences with the name Niamh
Nicknames for Niamh

Neevy
Nee Nee
Nia

Meanings and history of the name Niamh

Niamh means "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.
In 2003 it was the eleventh most popular baby girl's name in Ireland.

In Irish mythology, Niamh (pronounced ˈniːəv or ˈniːv) is the daughter of Manannán mac Lir. She is one of the Queens of Tir na nÓg, and might also be the daughter of Fand.

The LÉ Niamh (P52), a ship in the Irish Naval Service, is named after her.

Famous real-life people named Niamh

Niamh Parsons, Irish folk singer
Niamh Cusack, actress
Niamh Kavanagh, singer & 1993 Eurovision Song Contest Winner
Niamh Perry, singer/actress from Bangor, Northern Ireland

Niamh in song, story & screen

Niamh Egan, character in British TV series "Ballykissangel"
In Irish legend, Niamh was the daughter of Manannan, who fell in love with Oisin and lived with him in Tir-Nan-Og for a span of 300 years, though it felt like only 3 weeks to him.
Niamh Connelly, radical feminist who visits Father Ted and Dougal in the TV series "Father Ted". The character is a spoof of real-life singer Sinead O'Connor.

No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
69
No Way
Definitely

Smart?

79
No Way
Definitely

Sexy?

67
No Way
Definitely

Friendly?

70
No Way
Definitely

Creative?

66
No Way
Definitely

Strong?

64
No Way
Definitely

Young?

66
No Way
Definitely

Sophisticated?