Gender: Female Meaning of Grainne: "grain or love" Origin of Grainne: Irish

Grainne Origin and Meaning

The name Grainne is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "grain or love".

Grainne is the Gaelic form of the phonetic Grania. It was the name of the ancient grain goddess and also of the fiancee of mythological hero Finn McCool and lover of Dermot who was a heroine of the seas. In the past, the name was anglicized as Grace.

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yvonne_virginia Says:


I'm really starting to crush on this name... :)

alexandramae Says:


I've liked this name since I read a book as a young teen with a character with this name. It's so grounded sounding but also brings to mind Grainne/Grace O'Malley the Sea Queen, so it also has a legendary feel.

Zelliew Says:


Hummm - That settles it - To be avoided

peigin.leitir.moir Says:


This is pronounced "graw-nya". Grá, (pronounced "graw") is the Irish word for love. However, the similar sounding gránna (pronounced "graw-na") is the Irish word for ugly, which is why I dislike this particular name.

MaryKathryn Says:


How do you pronounce this exactly?