Origin of the name MEUBHDH.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MEUBHDH.
Another spelling of Irish Meadhbh
(q.v.), meaning "merry." Also see
Queen, in fifteenth and sixteenth century Welsh and English myth, the
queen of the fairies, subsequently shorn of that supremacy by Titania
(q.v.). The name is from the Erse Meubhdh, which is said to have
belong originally to a great Irish princess. Beaufort, in his Ancient
Topography of Ireland, mentions Mabh
as the chief of the Irish fairies. Shakspear puts a famous
description of her into Mercutio's mouth in Romeo and Juliet, i,
iv, 55. He is the first to call Mab the queen of the
fairies. He additionally describes her as "the fairies'
midwife," because, as T. Warton surmises, she steals new born
infants and leaves changelings in their place. Steevens on the
other hand explains that she is so called because it was her task
"to deliver the fancies of sleeping men of their dreams,—those
children of an idle brain." In Milton's L'Allegro (l.
103) Mab has cast aside her regal dignity and reassumed her original and
humbler role of a teasing and mischievous sprite, whose petty annoyances
punished slothfulness and slovenliness in maids, and who deigned to
accept their propitiatory offerings of junkets set out at night for her
Shelley's Queen Mab, in a poem of that name
(1810), is ruler over a fairy court, far beyond the confines of the
earth, whither the soul of Ianthe is borne in a dream, so that she may
be converted from the errors of revealed religion. (Heroes
and Heroines of Fiction, vol. 2, Classical, Mediaeval, Legendary,