Given name Niamh Parsons Niamh Charles
English: /ˈnv/
Language(s)Gaelic, Irish
Meaningbright, radiant
Region of originIreland
Popularitysee popular names

Niamh (Irish pronunciation: [n̠ʲiəvˠ], from Old Irish Niaṁ) is an Irish feminine given name (meaning "bright" or "radiant"),[1] anglicised as Neve, Nieve, or Neave /ˈnv/.[2]

In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannán mac Lir and one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth. She was the lover of the poet-hero Oisín. The first recorded use of Niamh (that spelling) as a given name in modern Ireland was in 1911, when two children were registered with the name and when a Niamh was listed in that year's census.[3][4][5]

The form Neve is also used as a Dutch and Flemish surname. The given name of Canadian actress Neve Campbell is derived from the Dutch surname, her mother's maiden name.

People with the given name


Neve, Neave or Nieve

Fictional characters

Other uses of the name

See also


  1. ^ Niamh in Ó Dónaill, Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla (1977), accessed 8 August 2020
  2. ^ Niamh ( (accessed 8 August 2020), Neave (, - Origin and Meaning of Neve ( Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Niamh Maire Fitzgerald in the Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958".
  4. ^ "Niamh O'Connell in the Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958".
  5. ^ "Niamh Máire Nic Ghearailt in the Web: Ireland, Census, 1911". 1911. Retrieved 26 December 2018.