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Maeve is a first name of Irish origin. In Irish Gaelic, the name "Medbh" or "Méadhbh" means "she who intoxicates". It is rooted in the Irish legend of Queen Maeve or Medb, one of the main protagonists of the early Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge. It is also associated with the fairy queen Queen Mab of Irish and English legend. Other spellings include: Meave, Moibh, Meadhbh, and Mabh. The name is generally associated with strength or beauty.

Maeve (Irish name)

Maeve is a feminine Irish given name.

It was spelled Medb in Old Irish , Meḋḃ, Meaḋḃ in Middle Irish, Meadhbh in early modern Irish , and is now spelled Méabh or Medbh in modern Irish. It is usually Anglicised as Maeve , with variants such as Maev, Meave, Maive, and Maebh. The name means 'intoxicating' or 'she who intoxicates' and has strong links to mead, an ancient honey wine typically consumed during a marriage ceremony.