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Gender: Female Pronunciation: EE-fa Meaning of Aoife: "beautiful, radiant" Origin of Aoife: Irish Gaelic

The name Aoife is a girl's name of Irish Gaelic origin meaning "beautiful, radiant". Aoife and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is very popular in Ireland, as it is here in the easier-to-comprehend Anglo forms Ava or Eva.

Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish legend. In one tale, she was the fiercest woman warrior in the world.

Related names are EABHA and AOIBHE, both currently popular in Ireland.

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Famous People Named Aoife

Aoife MacMurrough aka Eva of Leinster, Irish lady of Leinster and countess of Pembroke
Aoife Mulholland, Irish actress
Aoife Ní Fhearraigh, Irish singer
Aoife O'Donovan, American musician
Aoife Walsh, Miss Ireland 2013
Aoife McArdle, Irish film director
Aoife Mannion, English footballer
Aoife Hoey, Irish bobsledder
Aoife Kavanagh, Irish TV journalist
Aoife Clancy, Irish singer of group Cherish The Ladies
Aoife Scott, Irish 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 Laffan, daughter of singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Michael Laffan

Pop Culture References for the name Aoife

Aoife, twin sister of Scathach in Irish mythology
Aoife, Eve'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
Aoife, character in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, based on the myth
Aoife, main character in The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Aoife Brubeck, character in The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Aoife Rabbitte, character in The Guts by Roddy Doyle
Aoife Riordan, character in Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

Ava, Eva, Aife


doggie509 Says:


One of my favorite names ever!

CocoaPuff Says:


Agree! My son is named Arthur, and I sometimes get asked how to spell it. If you are going to get asked how to spell Arthur, then you might as well get asked how to spell any unfamiliar name.

JustineAndNames Says:


The Vicar of Dibley actually taught me to pronounce and spell this name so I've never had a problem with it! It really is lovely, but I'm not sure I could use it easily in Australia

aleerakate Says:


Absolutely love this name, without a doubt, if I have a daughter her name will be Aoife Kate, my partner doesn't even have a choice about it!

As for difficulty spelling/pronouncing, there are so many names which seem simple and people mishear or misread and I'd say there's more names than not that people have to spell out anyway, even Sarah/Sara, so this is really no different!

beachbear Says:


Looks much prettier than Eva, IMO.

LaurenDH Says:


Currently my favorite name of all time.

EW314 Says:


Lovely name. Pronunciation wouldn't be so much of an issue here in the UK. I actually know a non-Irish baby Aoife, and only a few people have misheard it as Eva.

MooBoo Says:


This is my middle name, but I pronounce it "Ava" I love it!

Starelli Says:


I know a student with this name. When I first met her, she said her name as if it was spelled, "Eva." It took me a while to figure out that the v sound was more of an f. I like it.

Zelliew Says:


Most people when confronted with"AOI" wouldn't know where to start - Ava & Eva are so much simplier.

eveyalecia Says:


This is how I feel about it, too. :(

ThistleThorn Says:


Everyone I know absolutely butchers this. But it would sound good next to an equally Irish last name like "O'Connell"

Catastroffy Says:


Definitely using this for a character.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Another beautiful Gaelic name that would just be too much trouble to use :(

jasminegarden Says:


beautiful name, I don't why but I figure it might be easier to pronounce here in England, I honestly wouldn't mind correcting people on the pronunciation a lot, because it's such a lovely name with a gorgeous meaning, that the pro's would out-weigh the con's, plus a lot of people I know already know how to pronounce Aoife without correction anyway

mabespark Says:


One of my favorite Irish names. Alas, pronunciation.

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name, but I'm worried about how butchered the name would be in the USA.