Aoife

Meaning of the Irish name Aoife. Listen and learn how to pronounce Aoife so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: “beautiful, radiant, joyful.” Known as the greatest woman warrior in the world, Aoife was the mother of Cuchulainn’s (read the legend) only son, Connlach. Aoife Dearg (“Red Aoife”) was a daughter of a king of Connacht who had her marriage arranged by St. Patrick himself. In 2003 Aoife was the third most popular Irish girls name for babies in Ireland.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Aoife

PRONUNCIATION: ee + fa”

ENGLISH: Eva, Ava

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Aoife and read along with the meaning)

Famous People with the Irish name Aoife: Aoife Walsh who won Miss Ireland in 2013. You can view Aoife Walsh personal twitter page here.

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  1. We named my first daughter Aoife as my wife is Irish, and I felt it would be good to give our children Irish names as she lost her Irish ‘identity’ by losing her surname when we married. Our second daughter is called Sibéal which is another beautiful name. I fell in love with the name when we’re poring over the baby name book.

  2. I find it so amusing when in class on the first day of school or when a substitute teacher comes in I know it’s my name because they always pause and squint at the roll call. I get so many variations of a mispronounced name like ay-oi-fi, ee-fee, oi-fee, ay-oh-fah. I can never help but laugh.

  3. Trinity Skye says:

    This is a beautiful name. I feel it carries on the tradition of Irish names with odd spellings! On a side note, i love frank McCourt! Wonderful author, with a history nearly as sad as Ireland’s.

  4. Chelsie says:

    My little girl is called Aoife-Mai. I love her name but most people pronounce it a-o-fee quite annoying after 10 times of telling them

  5. My 5th daughter is Aoife named after my godmother and great Aunt Eva. My american friends cannot say it correctly . Funny and also annoying as I grew up with the Children of Lir story and did my art project of Aoife .

  6. Kirsten says:

    I think this is a beautiful name, and one I hope to use if we have a baby girl. Such a unique and lovely alternative to the over-popular Ava and Eva. The legend behind the name lends an air of strength to its elegant simplicity making it an appealing choice for any little girl’s first name

    • I love having this name because you don’t meet many people with the same name as you. But at school it can be a bit annoying sometimes as almost no one knows how to say your name. But it is funny to hear some of the attempted pronunciations sometimes :)

      • I have some confusion with the pronunciation. This website and various others say that it’s ee+fa but other people say eh+fa…which is it?

    • I agree, it is a lovely name, and i hope to use it if i have a little girl when i’m older

  7. I named my daughter Aoife. I feel in love with this name. her full name is Aoife caolainn aednet meaning bright pure little flame. Btw I pronounce it ee-fa. it can be annoying how many people mispronounce it. the biggest I get is ee-fee. Like wtf lol

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The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.” The chieftan King Lir and his wife Aobh had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh, Conn and Fiachra. When Aodh died Lir’s new wife Aoife was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh, 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir” (read the legend).