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Gender: Female Pronunciation: mayv Meaning of Maeve: "she who intoxicates" Origin of Maeve: Irish Maeve's Popularity in 2017: #360

The name Maeve is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "she who intoxicates". Maeve is ranked #360 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplets (mixed)".

From the experts:

Maeve is a short and sweet legendary ancient Irish queen's name that has become one of the most stylish Irish names for girls in the modern US. Maeve 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. Maeve is the name of one of the lead characters on the HBO show Westworld.

Irish spelling Meabh is popular in Ireland, but not recommended in the US. Other spellings are Medb and Meadhbh.

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Famous People Named Maeve

(Anne) Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist
Maeve Brennan, Irish novelist
Maeve Dermody, Australian actress
Maeve Geraldine Fort, British diplomat
Maeve Patricia Mary Theresa Gilmore, British painter; wife of author Mervyn Peake
Maeve Higgins, Irish comedienne
Maeve Kinkead, American soap opera actress
Maeve Anne Quinlan, American actress
Maeve Fahey Kennedy Townsend (b. 1979), daughter of politician Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; granddaughter of politician Robert F. Kennedy
Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney (b. 1995), daughter of actors Terry Kinney and Kathryn Erbe
Maeve Frances O'Donnell (b. 2007), daughter of actor Chris O'Donnell
Maeve Taylor-Flynn (b. 2008), daughter of actress Lili Taylor and poet Nick Flynn
Maev Alexander (born Maev Alexandra Reid McConnell), Scottish actress
Maev Ni Mhaolchatha, Irish singer of group Celtic Woman
Maeve Thea Rosa, youngest child of YouTube couple Tara and Mandi Rosa of Living Rosa

Pop Culture References for the name Maeve

Maeve, queen of Connaught in Irish mythology
Maeve, character on TV's Make It Or Break It
Maeve, character in Dustlands series by Moira Young
Maeve Colleary Ryan, character on American soap Ryan's Hope
Maeve Donovan, former girlfriend of Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds
Maeve, Celtic sorceress on TV show The Adventures of Sinbad
Maeve Millay, character on TV series Westworld
Maeve Jacqueline Kelly Corrigan, Queen of Beldain, character in "The Young Elites" book series by Marie Lu
Maeve, immortal queen of Doranelle and one of the main antagonists of Sarah J. Maas's book series "Throne of Glass"
Maeve Wiley, character on TV's Sex Education

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

Maeve's International Variations

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


GenEric Says:


Emilie can be pronounced differently albeit slightly.

rayleemarie Says:


Great name! But, I predict a striking rise in popularity it is already every other little girls' name at my Gaelic Club

LowSlash Says:


No, but it was a close thing! We were sure she was Maeve or Freya, but after almost two weeks of trying both names on, we went with our middle name choice of Adell (a family middle that goes back to my great grandma).

renaissance_lady Says:


Did you end up using it?

doggie509 Says:


Perfect name for a pretty little girl!

MargotBear Says:


I have recently fallen in love with this name after reading One of Us is Lying. My best friend’s little sister is called Maeve, I used to find it confusing and quite hard to pronounce (she pronounced it ‘May-vuh’) but now I adore it!

anniebrown01 Says:


I agree with the positive comments! All the Maeves I know personify this gorgeous name perfectly, and I think it's a great way to honor an Irish heritage.

LowSlash Says:


And now, 3 years later, my husband and I are seriously considering this name for our Feb 2018 baby, a little sister to Arthur. It's funny how tastes change!

1daymore Says:


I agree. Ive heard another meaning of Brave though

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name

beachbear Says:


I love this name...however, not a huge fan of the meaning.

In Progress Says:


I know a little girl with this name. I had never heard it until I met her and she made me instantly fall in love with it. It's different but not unusual, just the right combination. Beautiful name!

Reese Kennedy Says:


My niece's name is Maeve! Such a cute name, and it traces back to our irish roots! some nicknames we use are may-bug and mavie :)

Namelovergirliexo Says:


I'm not sure about this name😁 I can't decided if I like it or not!

gummybear0724 Says:


I prefer to pronounce it May-eve

Maggie Says:


I love Maeve, I think it sounds so simple and feminine.

hufflepuff Says:


This name is quite lovely, especially after knowing that it was the queen of the fairies. I love whimsical names that aren't too obvious or over the top. Maeve is growing on me! I really like it now!

athenamay24 Says:


I thought it was May-vee too, and also kind of liked it better.

Sel Says:


Apparently I can't read :) lol

jordalini Says:


I said it isn't.. :)

Sel Says:


Well the Irish don't pronounce things the way we do in america. Siobhan is a perfect example.

Sel Says:


Maevea just looks unnecessary to me.

Sel Says:


How exactly is Maeve too cutesy?

Sel Says:


May-Vee is NOT better than the way this name is supposed to be said..

racheltheworm15 Says:


I much prefer Maeva. So much prettier!

yvonne_virginia Says:


I used to think that this name was just 'meh' and didn't understand it's NB popularity. The meaning still isn't nice, but now Maeve is growing on me... :)

Zelliew Says:


It sounds bland to me

Hazelle Says:


I honestly could care less about the meaning of this name. I just like the way it rolls off my tongue. As long as my future daughter never learns the meaning, she'd have a very unique name given to very few girls.

sirens_sam Says:


I feel like this name is incomplete for some reason. I loved it when I thought it was pronounced Mayv-E and I like the name Maevea because the "A" makes it sound complete to me. I can't figure out how people find the name Maeve attractive.

headintheclouds Says:


Short and sweet name that packs a punch. Maeve sounds strong and bold, feminine and lively, plus has a classic yet modern feel to it. I'd imagine the Irish background and mythology connection would be a nice plus for those with Irish heritage. I love the way it sounds and is spelled, and I just feel a Maeve can be anything she wants to be- from someone who is bright and spirited, to a more mellow and artistic individual.

sirens_sam Says:


I also thought it was May-vee. Now it's a lot less appealing to me.

iraasuup Says:


I used to love this name...until I discovered I was pronouncing it incorrectly. I used to think the pronunciation was May-vee (which, personally I feel sounds much prettier), but I dislike the abruptness of Maeve. Sounds to me like it's incomplete, or someone just whacked a 'v' sound in the name May. I'm not a fan anymore.

miriam veblen Says:


my friends name is Maeve .I love it! I think it's beautiful!

JessicaRK467 Says:


Changing the spelling doesn't keep it from being just gives your daughter a lifetime of having to spell her name aloud for people

LowSlash Says:


I have done a total 180 on this name as of late. I used to find it intolerably fusty, but now I think it sounds really charming, and the similarity to the word "maven" is a positive association for me.

jordalini Says:


This name made me think of fairies before knowing anything about the queen of fairies, which I think is adorable for a little girl, but isn't too cutesy for an adult

Alicia1 Says:


I don't understand the appeal of this name either. May is cute. It will produce questions on how to pronounce it and the way it's spelled is strange.

Alicia1 Says:


It has a cute sound and is unique.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


My middle name is Mae, but I prefer this as a middle name. So gonna use this for my daughter!!

LadyVanRaven Says:


Beautiful name. Makes me think of a pretty redhead with green eyes.

Eva Thyssen Says:


When it comes to vintage or classic names, I prefer Charlotte, Maisie, Grace, Elsie, Josephine, Amelia, Rose... Emilie! (not the overused Emily... Emilie <3)

jojobabyberry Says:


Me neither. I don't like how it sounds at all, only like the meaning lol

Eva Thyssen Says:


Good explanation! Anyways, this name is not my style. I prefer May.

neworleans Says:


I prefer Maeva.

Guest Says:


I think it's because it's Irish, sounds vintage and modern at the same time and kinda reminds people of springtime "May". That might be why.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I can't understand what's so great about this name.

Whirligig Says:


I think this might become the new filler middle. I like the sound but the meaning puts me off totally.

Guest Says:


"she who intoxicates"! I love it!

Shishi Says:


I love this, such a pretty name!

Nooshi Says:


She was the mother of Oberon, and she also appears under the name Mab in Romeo and Juliet and other sources.

emmyent Says:


Such a lovely name! In what story is she a queen of fairies? I can't find a source.

scgogirl Says:


I feel like this is the perfect combination of trendy and classic