Brigid

Origin: Irish

Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one”, but also coming from Celtic brig/brigant meaning “high” or briga meaning “might” and “power”.

Variants: Brighid, Bridget, Bridgette, Bride, Brid, Breda; Brigitta, Brigitte, Birgitta, Britta, Brigida

In Irish mythology, Brigid is one of the triple goddess and ruled over healing, poetry and smithcraft.

Lassarina

Origin: Irish

Meaning: an Anglicized form of Lasairfhiona, composed of elements lasair meaning “flame” and fion meaning “wine”, essentially meaning “flame of wine”.

Lassarina is another name for the Irish goddess Lasair (whose name means flame). Part of a goddess triad (her sisters being Inghean Bhuidhe and Latiaran) who presided over the growing, ripening and harvesting of the crops. Lasair is the goddess of spring budding, Inghean Bhuidhe representing the growing and ripening of the crops, and the youngest Latiaran representing the harvesting of the crop. Lasair is described as having long black hair, wears a silver crown with silver jewelry and armbands, and lived in a red castle with an orchard. The god Flann brought her the Rose of Sweetness which never withers, the Comb of Magnificence, and the Girdle of Truth.

Variants: Lassarina, Lasairfhiona

Bevin

Origin: Irish

Meaning: Anglicized form of Bébinn meaning “fair lady” though some sources also list it as meaning “melodious woman”. It’s also sometimes used as an Anglicization of Vivian though it’s totally unrelated to the name

In Irish mythology Bébhinn is a goddess of childbirth as well as the name of several other figures.

It’s pronounced BAY-vin

Variants: Bébhinn, Béibhinn, Bébhionn

Fionnuala

Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish fionn “white, fair” and guala “shoulder”, meaning “white/fair shoulder”

In Irish mythology, Fionnuala was the daughter of Lir who, along with her three brothers, were changed into a swan by their stepmother for 900 years until the curse was broken.

Nuala is a diminutive of the name.

Variants: Finnguala, Fionnghuala, Finola, Finnuala

Deirdre

Deirdre

Meaning: unknown though there are several theories abut it. It comes from the older form of the name, Derdriu, which according to behindthename.com is possibly derived from a Celtic word meaning “woman”. According to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Sheard it could also come from Old Irish deir “says” + draoi “Druid” or der “daughter” + dér “tear”(drop)

Deirdre is a tragic heroine whose beauty was foretold by a druid before she was born, a beauty that would only bring strife and sorrow. King Conchobhar decided to have her raised in seclusion so that, when she came of age, he would marry her, but things clearly didn’t work out that way. Deirdre fell in love with a warrior, Naoise, and eloped with him. Conchobhar wasn’t too pleased with this and eventually tricked the couple into coming back, having Naoise and his brothers killed. Versions of Deirdre’s death differ with some saying she died of grief, or that she killed herself. Either way, it’s definitely a tragic love story.

Variants: Deirdra, Deidra,

Links:

http://www.behindthename.com/name/deirdre

Neve, Niamh

 

Origin: Italian, Latin, Spanish, Irish

Meaning: snow; bright/radiant

Variants: Neva, Nieve, Niamh (Irish)

Gender: female

Neve means snow in both Italian, Spanish and Latin but it could also be an anglicization of the Irish Niamh, which means radiance, shine, beauty.