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Origin of the name NAOISE.
Etymology of the name NAOISE.
Meaning of the baby name NAOISE.


NAOISE.  Another spelling of Naos (q.v.), a Scottish form of Irish Nessa (q.v.), probably meaning "a nymph."  Son of Usnach, and lover of Deirdre.

... The old Statistical Account of Inverness states that the name of this lake (Loch Ness) was understood to be derived from some mythical person among the old Celts; and there can be little doubt that the person was Naos.  The lake of Naos (Naise in the genitive), lies below, and overhanging it is the Tower of Deirdre... (A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments, Keltie, v.2, 1875)

    ...Ainnle and Ardan had heard talk of the young girl that was at Conchubar's Court, and it is what they thought, that if Naoise their brother would see her, it is for himself he would have her, for she was not yet married to the king.  So when they saw Deirdre coming after them, they said to one another to hasten their steps, for they had a long road to travel, and the dusk of night coming on.  They did so, and Deirdre saw it, and she cried out after them, "Naoise, son of Usnach, are you going to leave me?"  "What cry was that came to my ears, that it is not well for me to answer, and not easy for me to refuse?" said Naoise.  "It was nothing but the cry of Conchubar's wild ducks," said his brothers;... (Cuchulain of Muirthemme, Gregory, 1902)


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