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What does Maeve mean?

Maeve Pronunciation of Maeve 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, powerful, legendary (mythology), queen, fair (beautiful)


VARIANTS Mave, Meave

(female) Maece, ..

(male) Maele, ..

Maeve Veda (M.V.), ..

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Maeve was first listed in 1992 and reached its apex rank of #334 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maeve name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maeve outside U.S.

Similar Names

Maeve is pronounced similarly to Mauve. Other recommended sound-alike names are Mable, Macee, Macie, Madge, Mae, Maeja, Maeko, Maelee, Maelle, Maemi, Maery, Maime, Maire, Malke, Malva, Malvie, Mame, Mamie, Mare, Maree, Marge, Marie, Marje, Marne, Marte, Marva, Marve, Marvel, Maude, Maure, Maxene, Maxie, Mayde, Maye, Mayme, Mazie and Neve. These names tend to be more frequently used than Maeve.

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