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Gender: F Pronunciation: mayv Meaning of Maeve: "she who intoxicates" Origin of Maeve: Irish Maeve's Popularity in 2013: #484

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Maeve is a short and sweet legendary ancient Irish queen's name that is now finding well-deserved favor here--and would make an excellent first or middle name choice, with more character and resonance than Mae/May and more modern charm than Mavis.

Maeve appears in Irish mythology in two forms, one as the powerful Queen of Connacht, the other as the queen of the fairies.

Chris O'Donnell, Lili Taylor and Kathryn Erbe used Maeve for their daughters. The Irish author Maeve Binchy is a well-known bearer.

Irish spelling Meabh is in the Top 100 in Ireland, but not recommended in the U.S. Other spellings are Medb and Meadhbh.

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Famous People Named Maeve

Maeve Anne Quinlan - American actress
Maeve Binchy - Irish novelist
Maeve Kinkead - American soap opera actress
Maeve Frances O'Donnell, daughter of American actor Chris O'Donnell

Pop Culture References for the Name Maeve

Maeve, queen of Connaught in Irish mythology
Maeve Frances O'Donnell (b. 2007), daughter of Chris O'Donnell
Maeve Flynn, daughter of actress Lili Taylor
Maeve, character in TV show Make It Or Break It
Maeve, character in Dustlands series by Moira Young
Maeve Colleary Ryan, character on daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope
Maeve Donavon, girlfriend of Dr. Reid on Criminal Minds

Mab, Maevi, Maevy, Maive, Mave, Mayve, Meave

Maeve's International Variations

Maeva (French) Maebh, Medbh, Madhbh, Meadhbh, Meibh (Gaelic)