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Caoimhe

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Gender: Female Meaning of Caoimhe: "beautiful" Origin of Caoimhe: Irish, Scottish

The name Caoimhe is a girl's name of Gaelic, Scottish, Irish origin meaning "beautiful". Caoimhe and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Caoimhe, pronounced (more properly) kwee-va or kee-va, is a pretty and distinctive Gaelic name but one that could well lead to no end of confusion outside the Irish community. Even in its native habitat, it is sometimes spelled Keeva.

Caoimhe comes from a word with several positive meanings--beautiful, precious, beloved, gentle, and graceful.

Caoihme has been very popular in Ireland, consistently in the Top 20.

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Famous People Named Caoimhe

Caoimhe Butterly, Irish peace activist
Caoimhe Guilfoyle, Irish TV personality ("Big Brother 11")
Caoimhe Archibald, Irish MLA
Caoimhe Devlin, u14 CLRG World Champion x4

Pop Culture References for the name Caoimhe

Caoimhe Dillon, character on Irish soap "Fair City".
In Ireland, Caoimhe is normally pronounced "kwee-va", although "kee-va" is not totally unheard of. It comes from the surname Caoimh, which is the Irish language form of O'Keeffe.

Comments

aleerakate Says:

2017-04-17T14:01:18

Kee-vuh is beautiful and yet still sounds so strong!
Kwee-vuh, however, sounds gross.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2017-03-23T05:02:36

I started learning Irish a few months ago, and from what I understand, KWEE-va and KEE-va would be equally correct, just different dialects.

abertawe Says:

2016-11-09T18:16:08

I always thought this was pronounced Kweeva but I see it's actually Keeva.

abertawe Says:

2016-11-09T18:15:36

Teach em. :)

SimoneKadele Says:

2016-01-09T18:34:27

This. I love the way it's spelled, but the pronunciation is off-putting. :(

Lola Says:

2015-11-09T23:43:23

Good to know. Thank you for the clarification.
(:

otheralix Says:

2015-11-08T20:52:33

Keeva and Caoimhe are different than the spiritual room (not a home, Pueblo and Hopi peoples live/d in actual houses/adobes, much like the square-type homes in Arizona and New Mexico. Those are Pueblo revivals/adobes) called kiva. Like, Koen is different than the offensive Cohen. Also like how the town named Kiva isn't stolen from the People but comes from a shortening/nickname of one of the first founding members. Using Caoimhe or Keeva would not be the same. Ireland came up with Caoimhe all on it's own.

Lola Says:

2015-11-08T19:21:55

My only worry with this lovely name- a kiva is a type of southwestern native american home. Would some people find Keeva/Caoimhe offensive? I do love this name though.

Caoimhe Says:

2015-07-27T03:25:17

Wow! My name is Caoimhe and my nickname is Kiwi >o<

Zelliew Says:

2015-07-02T04:55:28

Your average person wouldn't have a clue how to pronounce Caoimhe

Sunny Says:

2015-07-01T23:39:59

I love the pronunciation (KEE-vuh). A cute nickname would be Kiwi :)

gmdx Says:

2015-04-07T02:46:10

I love this but I hate it so much.

Kibby Says:

2015-03-22T15:21:41

Agree 100% Loved this name, until I learned how to say it.

EleanorAll1 Says:

2015-01-14T03:39:29

I love how it looks but not how it sounds.

Bobcat108 Says:

2015-01-02T05:03:47

Love the meaning & pronunciation, & even like the way it looks...but yeah, this one would be impossible for most Americans to get right.

mikayla Says:

2014-12-28T08:16:48

Beautiful name

mabespark Says:

2014-07-15T18:28:56

I love Irish names, but in the US they would just be butchered. This one is so pretty.