Kermit


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Son of one without envy; Son of a freeman.”

Pronunciation: (KUR-mit)

Nicknames: Kerm, Kermie, Kurt

Detail: From the Irish surname Mac Dhiarmaid, which means “son of Diarmaid”. Diarmaid (DEER-mid) means either “freeman” or “without envy” in Irish. Dermot would be English speaker friendly spelling of Diarmaid.

This name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.

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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

Finn


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: “Fair; Wanderer.”

Pronunciation: (fin)

Detail: Huckleberry Finn is the title character of the Mark Twain novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In the Prose Edda, Finn is of the lineage of Thor.

Male Variations:

  • Finn
  • Finnr (Old Norse)
  • Finnur
  • Fionn (Gaelic)

Female Variations:

  • Finn
  • Finna

Sive


Midsummer Eve by Edward Hughes

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Sweet; goodness.”

Pronunciation: (shee-vah); (SAHYV)

Detail: According to Irish mythology, Sive refuses the advances of the Druid Fear Doirche who then casts a spell on her making her take the form of a deer. Sive is rescued by Fionn mac Cumhail (fyun) and discovers that spell is broken while under Fionn‘s protection. They have a son (Oisin (uh-SHEEN)) together but eventually Sive is tricked into leaving Fionn‘s house and is turned back into a deer.

Variations:

  • Saibh
  • Saidhbh
  • Sive

Isolde


Sophia Myles

 

Gender: Feminine

Meaning: (Welsh) “Beautiful; fair lady.” Or (Germanic) “Ice princess.”

Pronunciation: (ih-ZOLD)

Origin: The origin of Isolde is somewhat disputed. It might derive from the Welsh word “esyllt,” meaning “beautiful”; it might also derive from the Germanic words for “ice” and “to rule.”

Detail: In Arthurian legend, this is the name a tragic princess who was the lover of Tristan.

Variations:

  • Essylt (Old Irish)
  • Esyllt (Welsh)
  • Iseult (Old French)
  • Ishild (Ancient Germanic)
  • Isold (English)
  • Isolda (English)
  • Isolina (Italian)
  • Isolt (English)
  • Isolte (English)
  • Isotta (Italian)
  • Izolda (Polish)
  • Yseult (Old French)
  • Ysolt (Celtic)