Celtic Goddess Names - F
An Irish goddess of poetry.
("tear"; also Fann, "weak or helpless person")
In Irish and Manx Celtic myth Fand is a faery queen, who was once married
to the sea god Manannan. After he left her she was preyed upon by three
Fomorian warriors in a battle for control of the Irish Sea.
Her only hope in winning the battle was to send for the hero Cuchulainn,
who would only agree to come if she would marry him. She acquiesced reluctantly
to his wishes, though when she met him, she fell as deeply in love with
him as he was with her. Manannan knew that the relationship between the
human world and the world of the faery could not continue without in eventually
destroying the faeries. He erased the memory of one from the other by
drawing his magical mantle between the two lovers.
Fand was also a minor sea goddess who made her home both in the Otherworld
and on the Islands of Man. With her sister, Liban, she was one of the
twin goddesses of health and earthly pleasures. She was also known as
"Pearl of Beauty". Some scholars believe she was a native Manx
deity who was absorbed in the Irish mythology. Her name apparently derives
from the same Aryan root that produces "Venus".
("hateful") An Irish war goddess, the wife of Nuada; daughter
of Elcmar and of the Brugh.
An Irish Poet and prophetess in the service of Queen Medb.
An Irish prophetess who foretold the death of Queen Maeve.
A Scottish water demon, Fideal was one of those seductive maidens who,
after luring their lovers into the water, dragged them under to drown.
Finchoem was an Irish goddess who conceived her child in an unusualway.
She swallowed a worm from a magic well, hoping she would bear a hero.
She did; his name was Conall, a prominent stalwart in Irish heroic legend.
This Irish heroine was the daughter of Queen Maeve and her consort, Aillil.
Aillil opposed Findabar's choice of a husband, but Findabar married the
mortal Froach anyway.
The Irish daughter of Ler, sister to Aedh, Conn, and Fiachra and, like
them, a victim of Aife. She is also known as Nuala, as such regarded in
some legends as Queen of Faerie (connected thereby into English mythology
Legend has it that she was held in enchantment by the powerful druid Amerach
in Ireland. Amerach made Fiongalla vow never to sleep with a man until
one brought magical yew berries, holly boughs, and marigolds from the
earthly seat of power. A hero named Feargal actually managed to perform
this almost impossible task, and won Fiongalla.
In Irish legend, the daughter of Lir, who was transformed into a swan
and condemned to wander over the lakes and rivers until Christianity came
The younger of two daughters of an Irish king, she was courted by a neighboring
king, but her father refused permission for her to marry until her older
sister was wed. Not content to wait, the neighboring king kidnapped the
older sister and claimed that she had been killed. Fithir was then married
off to him. Years later, while she was on a hunting trip, Fithir ran across
her sister who had been held captive all those years. The shock of seeing
her sister alive killed Fithir. Her sister then wept herself to death.
("deer")An Irish Celtic goddess like Artemis; a huntress figure
associated with archery, the sanctity of forests and the wildlife therein,
and the chase. Unlike Artemis, however, Her lustiness and sexual appetite
is legendary. She can be seen in forest, driving a chariot pulled by deer,
and accompanied by stags.
(Fodla) ("under-Earth")She one of the three goddesses who ruled
Ireland before the first Gaels, led by Amergin, came to the island. She
was given the honor of naming Ireland. Her husband is king MacCecht. See
also Banba and Eriu. Fotla is the wife of the Tuatha King MacCeacht.