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Quick Facts on Rihanna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American, Celtic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 955
Simple meaning:
Great queen

Characteristics of Rihanna

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rihanna

Rihanna is an altered spelling of Rhianna which itself is a more modern version of the Welsh female name Rhiannon (pronounced hri-AN-ahn), derived from an Old Celtic name “Rigantona” meaning “great queen”. In Celtic mythology, Rhiannon/Rigantona was a prominent goddess and considered a “Great Queen”. She is also associated with fertility and the moon. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon was an exceptionally beautiful goddess and skilled equestrian. A Welsh king by the name of Pwyll spotted the gorgeous woman wearing glittering gold on her white horse atop a magical mound. “Who knows that lady?” asked the king to his horsemen, but no one knew. Enamored by Rhiannon in all of her splendor, Pwyll sent his best horsemen after her. As they quickly rode toward her, they could never reach her. She was simply outside of their grasp. Finally Pwyll called out to her himself. Rhiannon reveals to Pwyll that she’s come seeking him, that she loves only him, but has been promised to marry another (Gwawl). Pwyll and Rhiannon agree that Pwyll will come claim her at her father’s house in one year’s time. When that day approached, Pwyll foolishly and unwittingly gave his bride-to-be back to her original fiancé Gwawl who cleverly tricked him. Rhiannon then devised a plan to outwit Gwawl when it came time to marry him in one year’s time. It involves a magical bag and Pwyll disguised as a beggar, but suffice it to say, Rhiannon and Pwyll finally marry each other. During their marriage, Rhiannon secures an heir to her husband’s kingdom by birthing a son. But when the baby boy is snatched in the middle of the night, the six ladies-in-waiting who were meant to watch over him (but slept on the job) devised a plan to accuse Rhiannon of infanticide by smearing dog’s blood on the sleeping queen (she is forced to do seven years penance for her so-called crime). In the meantime, the boy is discovered near a stable and raised by another couple until they realize his likeness to Pwyll (and thus his true identity), returning the boy to his rightful parents several years later. Although Rhiannon’s story is somewhat obscure Celtic legend, the name became immortalized by a 1976 Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon”. The song is loosely based on “an old Welsh witch” as Stevie Nicks often announced in live performances. In truth, though, Rhiannon was both a goddess and a great queen. As the lyrics read in part: “Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night / And wouldn't you love to love her? / Takes through the sky like a bird in flight / And who will be her lover?” The spelling of Rihanna, however, has been solely influenced by American pop-singing sensation Rihanna.

Popularity of the Name Rihanna

Rihanna the pop-star and singing sensation had everything to do with her name entering the American female charts in 2006. The year before, in 2005, Rihanna released her debut album “Music of the Sun” which peaked on the charts (especially her hit single "Pon de Replay"). Young American parents stood up and took notice. Rihanna’s name debuted on the naming charts at impressively moderate levels of usage right off the bat. The name’s peak popularity occurred in 2008 at position #310 on the charts. While this is by no means an ϋber-popular name, it’s abrupt and rapid ascension on the charts is notable nonetheless. The name has dropped over 400 positions in the past couple of years and is now down to levels of barely detectable usage. Rihanna is definitely an example of pop-culture trends impacting the usage of naming styles. It’s no surprise that Rihanna’s name started to see a decline in 2009 after she was embroiled in a domestic violence scandal involving her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. When Rihanna was seen again with Brown, many people lost respect for the young pop-star. Perhaps they no longer see the name worthy of bestowment. Rihanna’s name is still pretty and unique despite any connection with celebrity. The etymology of “great queen” and the interesting Welsh mythological background has already peaked our interest.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rihanna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rihanna

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rihanna

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rihanna

    Rhiannon (Celtic/Welsh mythology) Rhiannon is a figure of Celtic and Welsh mythology, whose wrenching story has a happy ending. A goddess, she chooses to leave her exalted background, spurning a suitor, and takes as a husband the mortal Prince Pwyll of Wales. She bears him a son and as is the custom, the infant is placed in the care of six ladies-in-waiting so the mother may rest. You would think that among the six, at least one might manage to stay awake, but no, such is not the case. They all fall asleep, while the spurned suitor is able to kidnap the baby. Upon awakening, the ladies cover their own sins by killing a dog and smearing the blood on Rhiannon and strewing its bones around the bed, telling one and all that she murdered and ate her own baby! For punishment, Rhiannon is ordered to sit outside the city gates with a horse collar around her and proclaim to all visitors what her crime was and how she is atoning for it – she must offer to carry each traveler into the city on her back. This goes on for four years before a nobleman, his wife and their young son arrive one day and present her with a piece of cloth that had been part of her baby’s clothing. The young prince had been abandoned and found by the nobleman and his wife and raised as their own until they recognized the child’s likeness to the prince. So everyone is reunited, restored to the throne, reconciled in marriage and everyone forgives everyone else. Or so the story goes. Rhiannon’s legend takes many more twists and turns, but we’ll leave it here, because we like stories with happy endings. We suspect Rhiannon did, too.

  • Popular Songs on Rihanna

    Popular Songs on Rihanna

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rihanna

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rihanna

    Rihanna (Heidi Krumenauer) - At age fifteen, Rihanna received the break that most people only dream about: A chance meeting with a popular producer in her home country of Barbados quickly led her down the path to stardom. Within months, she auditioned for Def Jam s CEO Jay-Z. Hours later, she signed a record deal that changed her life. By age nineteen, Rihanna had become an international superstar, topping the R&B charts in the United States and worldwide. In less than three years, she had released three albums, was nominated for several Grammy Awards, and had received numerous other music awards. Rihanna s beauty and fashion sense have launched yet another piece of her young career. Magazines all over the world have featured Rihanna on their covers. CoverGirl Cosmetics named her their spokesperson in 2007. Life has really changed for this girl who used to call herself a tomboy when she was growing up in Barbados. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Rihanna the Seahorse Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Rachel and Kirsty are off on another exciting adventure - with the Magical Animal Fairies! Rachel and Kirsty are heading to outdoor adventure camp -- and another fairy adventure is just around the corner! The Magical Animal Fairies' seven animals are missing. The animals each look after a special kind of magic. If Rachel and Kirsty can't find them fast, nothing will be the same! Bubbles the magic seahorse is somewhere in the lake at camp -- but where? Rihanna the Seahorse Fairy is going to take the girls on an underwater adventure to find him…Find the missing magical animal in each book and help save the fairy magic! Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Rihanna

    Famous People Named Rihanna

    Famous People Named Rihanna - Rihanna (singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rihanna

    Children of Famous People Named Rihanna

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Rihanna - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rihanna.

  • Historic Figures

    Rihanna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Rihanna

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rihanna

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