What does Maeve mean?
Maeve /mae-ve/ as a girls' name is pronounced MAY-v, MAY-vee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Maeve is "intoxicating; she who makes drunk".
The original form is Meadhbh, name of the powerful and legendary warrior queen of pre-Christian Ireland (first century). She is described in the "Tain", the Celtic equivalent of the "Iliad", as "tall, fair... carrying an iron sword". Author Maeve Binchy.
How popular is Maeve?
Maeve is a rare first name for females. Maeve is an equally unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Maeve for girls. Maeve was first listed in 1997 and reached its apex rank of #482 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)