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




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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 .

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

  5. 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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