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Quick Facts on Caoimhe

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Gentle, beautiful, kind

Characteristics of Caoimhe

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Caoimhe

Caoimhe is an Irish female name, from the Irish-Gaelic “caomh” meaning “gentle” with an expanded definition of “beauty, grace, courtesy”. Caoimhe is also considered the female equivalent of the Irish masculine name Caoimhín (Kevin), derived from the same Old Irish elements “caomh” (beautiful, gentle) and “ghín” (born), or “handsomely born”. Caoimhín has been a long-standing favorite boy’s name in Ireland, owing much of his success to a 6th century saint Caoimhín (anglicized to St. Kevin of Glendalough) who lived as a hermit in a tiny, remote rock cave in the glacial valley of Glendalough, Ireland (about 30 miles south of Dublin). He represented one of the so-called Green Martyrs of Ireland – men who opted out of society to live a solitary existence, often subjecting themselves to harsh environments, where they alone could focus on their scripture studies and consecrate themselves wholly to God. St. Caoimhín’s learned piety soon spread throughout Ireland, and pilgrimages were made to Glendalough bringing people eager to learn from him. Eventually a monastery grew up around St. Kevin’s inspiration, and he became a beacon saint among the Irish people. Celtic Christians have a long tradition of adopting pious names for their children, so it’s no surprise that Caoimhín/Kevin has remained in circulation for so long. Caoimhe/Keeva is the natural feminine equivalent, but the name’s popularity in more modern times is further bolstered by her favorable meaning (gentle, beautiful, kind).

Popularity of the Name Caoimhe

Although Caoimhe can claim Top 20 status in Ireland, the unusual Gaelic spelling leaves most American parents (even those with Irish descent) scratching their heads. How does one arrive at the pronunciation of “KEE-va” from “Caoimhe” furchrissakes?!? You have to remember, the Irish-Gaelic language is Celtic, which is a completely different language classification than Germanic (which gave us Modern English). It’s like comparing English to Greek. Therefore we report, with no surprise, that Caoimhe has never made it onto America’s Top 1000 list of female names. This name is not on the American radar, and never has been. It’s distinctly Irish and quite unique, although parents in the U.S. might prefer the anglicized spelling of Keeva instead.
Popularity of the Girl Name Caoimhe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Caoimhe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Caoimhe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Caoimhe

    Caoimhe We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Caoimhe.

  • Popular Songs on Caoimhe

    Popular Songs on Caoimhe

    Caoimhe - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Caoimhe.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Caoimhe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Caoimhe

    Caoimhe - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Caoimhe.

  • Famous People Named Caoimhe

    Famous People Named Caoimhe

    Famous People Named Caoimhe - Caoimhe Butterly (notable Irish human rights activist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Caoimhe

    Children of Famous People Named Caoimhe

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  • Historic Figures

    Caoimhe - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Caoimhe - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Caoimhe.

Personality of the Girl Name Caoimhe

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Caoimhe

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