The Morrigan is the term given to Goddess Morrigan, one of the triple Goddesses in Celtic mythology. She oversees the land, its stock and its society. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster cycle she also takes the form of an eel, a wolf, and a cow. [Bromwich] Later, the form Morgaine evolved by analogy with other French women's names ending in -e. There appears to be no evidence that the literary name Morgain was used by actual people before 1600. Dorian - This one was difficult for me, Dorian is the name of an ancient culture that lived in what’s now Greece, but also his name could come from “The Picture of Dorian Gray” a novel by Oscar Wilde, a man known for being overly flamboyant and catty, and also gay. Her name translates to “great queen” or “phantom queen”. -Faren (male): English, means "Adventurous". The Welsh surname is derived from the Old Welsh personal name "Morcant", which is of an uncertain origin. The fulachtaí sites are found in wild areas, and are usually associated with outsiders such as the fianna, as well as with the hunting of deer. She is generally considered a war deity comparable to Germanic Valkyries, although her role with cattle also suggests a role connected with fertility, wealth, and the land. Note: If a name has less than 5 occurrences in a year, the SSA excludes it from the provided popularity data to protect privacy. The Dá Chích na Morrígna ("two breasts of the Mórrígan"), a pair of hills in County Meath, suggest to some a role as a tutelary goddess, comparable to Anu, who has her own hills, Dá Chích Anann ("the breasts of Anu") in County Kerry. There may be a link with the three mythical hags who cook the meal of dogflesh that brings the hero Cúchulainn to his doom. The surviving Celtic languages belong to two distinct groups: the Goidelic, or "Q- Celtic" languages, including Irish and Scottish Gaelic; and the Brythonic, or "P-Celtic" languages, including Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. She is often depicted as a triple goddess, although the membership of the triad varies. Meaning of Name Great Queen, Queen of Demons, or Phantom Queen Area(s) of Influence Circle of life and death, war, water, fertility, sexuality Name Variations Mirrigu, Morgane, Morrighan, and Morgan le Fay Attributes Death and rebirth (circle of life), fate, prophecies, sovereignty, and fertility Culture of Origin Celtic/Northern Ireland Festivals, Sabbats & Holy Days… Morri, Mor. A quatrain describes the three as wealthy, "springs of craftiness", and "sources of bitter fighting". The Morrigan frequently appears in the ornithological guise of a hooded crow. In this specific role, she is also given the role of foretelling imminent death with a particular emphasis on the individual. In response, she intervenes in his next combat, first in the form of an eel who trips him, then as a wolf who stampedes cattle across the ford, and finally as a white, red-eared heifer leading the stampede, just as she had warned in their previous encounter. This name was in ordinary use prior to 1600, but only as a man's name. -Sereda (female): Slavic, means "Wednesday". (There is also at least one semi-legendary literary figure that bears the name.) Dictionary of the Irish Language (Based Mainly on Old and Middle Irish Materials) - Compact Edition. [ 3 syll. Dramatic Heroine Names for Girls Rise Up. Ó Dónaill, Niall. The Morrígan’s name can be translated from Irish into both “Great Queen” (from Old Irish ‘mor’ meaning ‘great ’ and ‘rigan’ meaning ‘queen’) and “Phantom Queen” as an alternate etymology. Scholars such as Rosalind Clark hold that the names are unrelated, the Welsh "Morgan" (Wales being the original source of the Matter of Britain) being derived from root words associated with the sea, while the Irish "Morrígan" has its roots either in a word for "terror" or a word for "greatness". Later, we are told, she would bring two handfuls of his blood and deposit them in the same river (however, we are also told later in the text that Indech was killed by Ogma). Problem Names Project articles are published by Sharon L. Krossa (contact), with the assistance of The Academy of Saint Gabriel. This became the standard French spelling of the characters name. Oghren: The closest I could find is Ogen, which is Hebrew for anchor...but that could just be a coincidence. classic mature formal upper class natural devious strong strange complex serious nerdy . Geoffrey of Monmouth was a historical writer in the 12th century. Maybe this is why they chose a name which can mean "monster"! Below is a list of the editor’s top picks featuring Morrigan’s statue. [DIL]. , The Morrígan is often described as a trio of individuals, all sisters, called "the three Morrígna". Neman, alternately Nemain, is sometimes given in modern texts as another name for Morrigan. Regarding Cole I'd say both Jannifer and Squigely are correct. When Odras falls asleep, the Morrígan turns her into a pool of water that feeds into the River Shannon.  This etymological sequence can be reconstructed in the Proto-Celtic language as *Moro-rīganī-s. Accordingly, Morrígan is often translated as "Phantom Queen". Barkspawn: This is pretty obscure. Morgan is also depicted as a seductress, much like the older legends of the Morrígan, and has numerous lovers whom she might be even abducting for this purpose (as in some stories of Lancelot and Ogier the Dane, among others). In 12th-century pseudohistorical compilation the Lebor Gabála Érenn ("The Book of the Taking of Ireland"), she is listed among the Tuatha Dé Danann as one of the daughters of Ernmas, granddaughter of Nuada. While Gaulish itself did not survive into the Middle Ages, it is similar enough to the ancestors of languages that did to give us useful information. After they have sex, the Morrígan promises to summon the magicians of Ireland to cast spells on behalf of the Tuatha Dé, and to destroy Indech, the Fomorian king, taking from him "the blood of his heart and the kidneys of his valour." Felix: Latin, meaning "Lucky" or "Successful".  The 8th century O'Mulconry's Glossary says that Macha is one of the three morrígna. " Patricia Lysaght notes that the Cath Maige Tuired depicts the Morrígan as "a protectress of her people's interests" and associates her with both war and fertility. The Morrígan was seen by medieval Irish writers as an archetypal figure in her relation … "DIL", Evans, J. Gwenogvryn. De Felice, Emidio. In this role she appears as a crow, flying above the battlefield. In some cases, she is written to have appeared in visions to those who are destined to die in battle as washing their bloody armor. Morgan is too unisex for me. © 2020 Nameberry.com. the ones forced in Kombat League. W. M. Hennessy's The Ancient Irish Goddess of War, written in 1870, was influential in establishing this interpretation. It is almost certain that Geoffrey knew the name Morgen from written sources rather than from hearing it used. Gruffudd, Heini. This name was in ordinary use prior to 1600 as a man's name. She represented the circle of life and was associated with both birth and death. Each language tended to evolve its own system for representing sounds in writing. I love this name (of course as a follower of the goddess Morrigan I'm a bit biased lol). Dragon Age Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. , In the Middle Irish period, the name is often spelled Mórrígan with a lengthening diacritic over the o, seemingly intended to mean "Great Queen" (Old Irish mór, "great"; this would derive from a hypothetical Proto-Celtic *Māra Rīganī-s). She represented the circle of life and was associated with both birth and death. Because the 3rd variations refers to tournament variations, i.e. We are not Irish but we did like the gothic/medieval link to it. Alexius: Latin with Greek roots. 'Had I known it was you,' said Cúchulainn, 'I never would have. Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Welsh Triads. We're excited that you have an opinion about the name Morrigan. The mythological Morrigan was the ancient goddess of war, often symbolized by a crow. In the 20th century, the name is commonly used in the USA by women as well as men. -Mahanon (male): Irish. Cassandra - Possible reference to the mythological Cassandra, a women who was gifted with foresight, alluding to her position as a Seeker of Truth. The literary character "Morgain la Fee" appears in Italian versions of the Arthurian tales as "Fata Morgana". However, the Morrígan can also appear alone, and her name is sometimes used interchangeably with Badb. A Grammar of Old Irish. And I must admit, I find it interesting how some of these names fit their characters so well, and how some of them seem to have been given ironically.  She is associated with the banshee of later folklore. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1966. It appears in Old Welsh as Morcant (pronounced "mo:r-GANT"), in Early Medieval Welsh as Morgant (pronounced "MO:R-gan" -- the "t" is most likely silent by this time), and in later Medieval Welsh as Morgan, the same form it has in Modern Welsh. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. 152. Would you like to follow Morrigan? Many Irish words have counterparts in Welsh which derived from the same origin. The elements Mori- and -genos can be found in Gaulish names, although the compound itself does not appear in surviving inscriptions. She represents an aspect of Morrigan. The earliest written records we have of Celtic languages are of Gaulish and a few other continental languages from the first century or so BCE. People think this name is. Talybont: Y Lolfa, 1984. The Morrigan is primarily associated with fate, especially with foretelling doom and death in battle. Cole - It sounds like coal, which is a shade of black, possibly alluding to his nature of being in the background and forgotten. Megami Tensei Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. mor-ri-gan, mo-rrig-an ] The baby girl name Morrigan is pronounced as MaoRRIY-GaeN †. The Morrígan or Mórrígan, also known as Morrígu, is a figure from Irish mythology. Shin Megami Tensei II The Morrígan is mainly associated with war and fate, especially with foretelling doom, death or victory in battle.  This is the derivation generally favoured in current scholarship.  He regrets blessing her for the three drinks of milk, which is apparent in the exchange between the Morrígan and Cúchulainn: "She gave him milk from the third teat, and her leg was healed.