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. 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..

  2. My grand daughter’s name is Niamh and she is a bright light in our lives, she was born yesterday.

  3. Thank so much my names Niamh aswell and everyone always struggles to say and spell my name

  4. My name is Niamh!

  5. Michael Mackey says:

    It’s a beautiful name with an interesting history.

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