Aoife

Aoife (pr. ee-fa or ee-va) is an Irish female name meaning “beauty, radiant” from Irish aoibh (beauty, form; smile, pleasant expression). In Irish mythology, Aoife is the name of a warrior queen who bore the great hero Cú Chulainn a son named Connla, whom Cú Chulainn accidentally kills. Another Aoife is the second wife of King Lir and the stepmother of his kids, Aodh, Fiachra, Conn, and Fionnuala, who turned them into swans for 900 years. Aoife has sometimes been anglicized as Eva.

Origin: Irish

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Variants;

  • Aífe (Old Irish)
  • Aoibhe (Irish)

 

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