When she dies the Devil comes to collect her soul but God intervenes and carries Cathleen to heaven, saying that “such a sacrificial act cannot justly lead to evil consequences.” DESCRIPTION: caol “slender” and fionn “white, fair, pure.” Several saints were Caoilainn and one was described as “a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety.” DESCRIPTION: From caomh “gentle, beautiful, precious.” The same root as Kevin, the name has become very popular in Ireland with the original Irish spelling.
In 2003 it was the twelfth most popular Irish girl name for baby girls.
DESCRIPTION: From an old Irish word meaning “white,” the 6th century St.
Deirdre and Naoise eloped to Scotland where they lived a blissful exile for many years.
By offering forgiveness, Conchobhar tricked them into returning to Ulster where Naoise was slain by the jealous Conchobhar.
DESCRIPTION: From aislinge which means “a vision” or “a dream,” Aisling is the name given to a popular poetic genre from the 17th and 18th centuries in which Ireland is personified as a beautiful woman in peril. DESCRIPTION: A blend of bean “woman, lady” and finn “fair, white” originally described Viking women.
Brian Boru‘s (read the legend) mother was called Beibhinn and he named his daughter for her.