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Gender: F Pronunciation: mayv Meaning of Maeve: "she who intoxicates" Origin of Maeve: Irish Maeve's Popularity in 2014: #482

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
Maeve Binchy - Irish novelist
Maeve Kinkead - American soap opera actress
Maeve Frances O'Donnell (b. 2007), daughter of American actor Chris O'Donnell
Maeve Flynn, daughter of actress Lili Taylor

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 Donavon, former girlfriend of Dr. Reid on Criminal Minds

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

Maeve's International Variations

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