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Meaning and name origin

Maeve \ma(e)-ve\ as a girl's 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.


Maeve has 2 variant forms: Mave and Meave.


Maeve is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Maeve for girls. Maeve reached its highest rank of #482 in the U.S. in 2014 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maeve name in U.S.

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Similar Names

Maeve is also pronounced similarly to Mauve. Another suggested similar baby name is Marve. Like Maeve, these names are not commonly used.