Irish Gaelic
"beautiful, radiant"

Aoife Origin and Meaning

The name Aoife is a girl's name of Irish Gaelic origin meaning "beautiful, radiant".

Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is derived from the Irish word aoibh, meaning "beauty." Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish legend. In one tale, she was the fiercest woman warrior in the world and enemy of her twin sister, Scathach.

Aoife is very popular in Ireland, and is catching on across the UK as well. Aoife is sometimes Anglicized as Eva, but the names are from independent origins. Eva shares roots with Eabha and Aoibhe, both also currently popular in Ireland.

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Famous People Named Aoife

  • Aoife MacMurrough aka Eva of LeinsterIrish lady of Leinster and countess of Pembroke
  • Aoife MulhollandIrish actress
  • Aoife Ní FhearraighIrish singer
  • Aoife O'DonovanAmerican musician
  • Aoife WalshMiss Ireland 2013
  • Aoife McArdleIrish film director
  • Aoife MannionEnglish footballer
  • Aoife HoeyIrish bobsledder
  • Aoife KavanaghIrish TV journalist
  • Aoife ClancyIrish singer of group Cherish The Ladies
  • Aoife ScottIrish singer,songwriter; daughter of singer Frances Black
  • Aoife Hinds (b. 1991)daughter of actor Ciaran Hinds
  • Aoife Belle Foden (b. 2012)daughter of rugby union player Ben Foden and singer Una Healy of The Saturdays
  • Aoife Laffandaughter of singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Michael Laffan

Aoife in Pop Culture

  • Aoifetwin sister of Scathach in Irish mythology
  • AoifeEve's sister who marries King Lir after her sister dies and ends up cursing her 4 stepchildren into swans in the Irish myth The Children of Lir
  • Aoifecharacter in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, based on the myth
  • Aoifemain character in The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
  • Aoife Brubeckcharacter in The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Aoife Rabbittecharacter in The Guts by Roddy Doyle
  • Aoife Riordancharacter in Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell