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Gender: Female Pronunciation: NIM-oo-ay Origin of Nimue: Celtic Mythology (one of the names of the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legends)

The name Nimue is a girl's name of Welsh origin. Nimue and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Nimue (Lady of the Lake) is the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. Nimue plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father.

Always an unusual choice, this name went to three magical girls in England and Wales in 2013.

Related names include Nimue, Viviane, Vivien, Elaine, Ninianne, Nivian, and Evienne.

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Famous People Named Nimue

Nimuë Smit, Dutch model

Pop Culture References for the name Nimue

Nimue, the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian myths
Nimue, character on Once Upon a Time
Nimue, character on Merlin (1998 TV miniseries), played by Isabella Rossellini
Pronounced "NIM-oo-ay" or "NIM-oo-ee"
Possible nickname: Nim


indiefendi2 Says:


This is also Dutch.

Bart Says:


And thats why we named our daughter Nimue.

headintheclouds Says:


Nimue sounds very dainty and spritelike, definitely lives up to its mythological roots. It's a lovely name, one that I can see on someone with either a gentle disposition or lively personality. Nim is a really cute nickname, and while I like the Nim-oo-ay pronunciation, I'd love it better if the pn were Nim-you, like imbue. I would love to see this name get more use IRL because it's not even an offbeat but still heard-of name, it seems completely off the radar!

Kirimi Says:


So cute!! I've also heard people use the nickname 'Nimi' as well!!

ameliejane123 Says:


I love this name. The nickname "Nim" is super cute as well.