Gender: Female Meaning of Neve: "snow" Origin of Neve: Anglicized spelling of Irish Niamh or Italian and Portuguese

Neve Origin and Meaning

The name Neve is a girl's name of Irish, Latin origin meaning "snow".

Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his daughter.

Neve Campbell pronounces her name nehv, to rhyme with Bev or Lev. If taken to represent the Italian and Portuguese word for snow, the pronunciation would change to nehv-ay. As an Anglicized form of the Irish Niamh, the correct pronunciation would be neev.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern chose the name Neve for her daughter, born while she was in office.

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Alice de Almeida Says:


Such a beautiful name! I do need to point out that in Portuguese (of Portugal) it is indeed pronounced NEV / like Neve Campbell says it, and NOT nev-ay, as you have stated. I am now thinking of this for my daughter...

janddp Says:


We chose this name for our daughter, and I'll admit people often seem confused but I wanted it's simplicity and femininity with a bit of kick-ass, which I think it does nicely. Like other posters, I am ALWAYS an original spelling kind of person, but I really wanted something cleaner and crisper. So yes, we prn it as an anglicized Niamh. It ends up adding a bit of an association with my Italian side of the family.

AnnabelleJ85 Says:


Love this as a nickname for Genevieve, also for Geneva :)

EW314 Says:


I'm normally a stickler for the correct, original spelling of names, but Neve as an anglicized form of Niamh is an exception. I think it's so much cleaner and prettier, plus it comes with the beautiful extra imagery of winter.

jopendle Says:


Our daughter is the only Neve we know right now... a little weirder than we thought it was when we chose it, but we like it. :) We drove to the hospital in the snow to deliver her, so that's how she got it!

Stevojeano_12 Says:


I may use this spelling as a NN for Genevieve, If I don't do that and end up using it as a first name, I will stick to the spelling Niamh.

ThistleThorn Says:


I like Niamh better. I know a girl who pronounces it like NEV though.

Alicia1 Says:


Beautiful name, good alternative to Winter if that's too unusual for you.

Lilibet Says:


I love this name. Soft and pretty. Pronounced like Neve Campbell.

strawberrydino Says:


Oh this name is so precious! I love this name as an alternative to the name Snow (which I don't particularly care for).