Fionnoula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Fair shouldered.”

Pronunciation: (fin-NOH-luh)

Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola

Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”

The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) 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(dair-uh-vair-uh), 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”

Variations:

  • Fenella
  • Finella
  • Finola
  • Fionnaghal
  • Fionnaghuala
  • Fionnala
  • Fionnauala
  • Fionnghala
  • Fionnghuala
  • Fionnoula
  • Fionnuala
  • Fionnula
  • Fionola
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