Sadhbh (name) - Wikipedia

Illustration of Sadb by Arthur Rackham, 1910
PronunciationEnglish: /sv/ SYVE
Irish: [ˈsˠəivˠ]
Word/nameProto-Celtic *sŭādŭā
Region of originIreland, Irish diaspora
Other names
Related namesSaidhbhín (diminutive)[1]

Sadhbh (Old Irish: Sadb, anglicised Sive) is an Irish feminine personal name.[2] Derived from Proto-Celtic *swādwā '(the) sweet and lovely (lady)',[3] the name is cognate with the initial elements in the attested Gallic names Suadu-gena and Suadu-rix and with Sanskrit svādú-, Ancient Greek hedýs, Latin suāvis (compare Suada), Tocharian B swāre and Modern English sweet.

The town Cahersiveen in County Kerry roughly translates to 'The Fortress of Little Sadhbh'.

The Whiteboys, a secret agrarian organisation in 18th century Ireland, referred to themselves as "Queen Sive Oultagh's children" ("Sive" or "Sieve Oultagh" being anglicised from the Irish Sadhbh Amhaltach, or Ghostly Sally).[4]

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  1. ^ Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, 1923
  2. ^ Ó Séaghdha, Darach (3 March 2022). "The Irish For: The rise of Rían - the latest baby names in Ireland". The Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  3. ^ Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch page 1039; Delamarre 284; Ellis Evans 1967: 258; Meid 2005: 206f.
  4. ^ Kenny, Kevin (1998). Making Sense of the Molly Maguires. Oxford University Press. pp. 9.
  5. ^ "Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh lyrics and chords -". Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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