Maeve

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Gender: F Pronunciation: mayv Meaning of Maeve: "she who intoxicates" Origin of Maeve: Irish Maeve's Popularity in 2015: #450

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 also is a well-known bearer.

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

Famous People Named Maeve

Maeve Anne Quinlan, American actress
(Anne) Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist
Maeve Kinkead, American soap opera actress
Maeve Dermody, Australian actress
Maeve Brennan, Irish novelist
Maeve Higgins, Irish comedienne
Maev Alexander (born Maev Alexandra Reid McConnell), Scottish actress
Maeve Geraldine Fort, British diplomat
Maeve Patricia Mary Theresa Gilmore, British painter; wife of author Mervyn Peake
Maeve Fahey Kennedy Townsend (b. 1979), daughter of politician Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
Maeve Frances O'Donnell (b. 2007), daughter of American actor Chris O'Donnell
Maeve Flynn, daughter of actress Lili Taylor and poet Nick Flynn
Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney (b. 1995), daughter of actors Terry Kinney and Kathryn Erbe
Maev Ni Mhaolchatha, original member of singing group Celtic Woman

Pop Culture References for the name Maeve

Maeve, queen of Connaught in Irish mythology
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 Donovan, former girlfriend of Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds
Maeve, Celtic sorceress on TV show The Adventures of Sinbad, she had a hawk named Dermott
Maeve Millay, character on TV series Westworld, played by Thandie Newton

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

Maeve's International Variations

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