MAEVE. Irish. "She who intoxicates." I love this because a nickname is Mab, which are my maiden initials. Maeve is a short and sweet legendary ancient Irish queen's name that is now finding well-deserved favor at #500 in the US--an excellent first or middle name choice, with more character and resonance than Mae or May. Maeve/Mab is in mythology and literature multiple times. Chris O'Donnell used Maeve for his daughter. #babynames #irishnames #girlnames #unique
The 69th NY, part of the fabled Irish Brigade, was created using Irish immigrants from New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts by Thomas Francis Meagher. Their nickname was the 'Sons of Erin' and their motto was 'Faugh A Ballaugh' or 'Clear the Way'. The Irish Brigade were known as fearless fighters and lost many men during the war. In fact, by 1863, they had lost 2,700 of 3,000 men. They lost another 300 out of 600 during the Battle of Gettysburg.