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

MEANING: niamh “radiance, lustre, brightness.” The daughter of the sea god Manannan she was known as “Niamh of the Golden Hair,” a beautiful princess riding on a white horse. She fell in love with Fionn’s son Oisin (read the legend of Niamh and Oisin) and lived with him in Tir-na-nOg (“Land of the Young”) (read the legend) where 300 years passed in what seemed like three weeks. In 2003 it was the eleventh most popular baby girl’s name in Ireland.

GENDER: Girl | Female


PRONUNCIATION: nee + iv” or “neev”

ENGLISH: Neave, Niav

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

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  1. Kirsteen says

    I am due a baby girl in January 2015 and she will be called Niamh. I just love the name and have for years.
    We like to have different spellings to names, i am Kirsteen, our sons are Kierhyn and Aedan.
    its good to be different, makes you stand out! X

  2. Nieve says

    Nieve is a much better name! Niamh is spelt weird and most people pronounce it wrong plus it is a little bit too common. My name is Nieve and no one has ever mispronounced my name. It means Snow in Spanish and so if you want to name your daughter something a little unusual, not too popular but not too weird or difficult to spell or say and something that means a beautiful, graceful but yet strong, Nieve is THE PERFECT NAME! Honestly though I totally adore my name and to be honest it really suits me…

  3. Please god no..... says

    My name is Niamh and I despise it when people call me ‘Nee-iv’ – it’s ‘NEEV’ Haha… much more pretty and soft sounding..

    • Niamh :) says

      Yes people can’t pronounce the name niamh but thats what’s great! It means the name niamh is unique and awesome and people can’t spell or say the name. I find it amusing as they struggle even tho I have to say it a thousand times.

      • Niamh :) says

        Also cos the name niamh is beautiful and soft I love my name even tho I dont live up to the meaning

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