Origin of the name MORRIGAN.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MORRIGAN.
MORRIGAN.Arthurian. An ancient Celtic name meaning "great queen," from mor,
great, and rígan, queen.
the Cóir Anmann the Morrigan dwells in one of the sidh; Hennessy
gives us to understand that she had a fairy palace beside the Suir.
In the Tochmarc Emire we read of the Morrigan's Garden and the
"Wood of the Badb, i.e., of the Morrigan"; in the Fled
Bricrend there is a mere mention of the Morrigan's ford, and certain
Irish localities according to Hennessy are designated as the Morrigan's
Field, the Mound of the Morrigan, the Fulacht of the Morrigan.
We cannot have followed in Morgain's
path thus far without finding ourselves on familiar ground as we read of
these attributes and associations of the Morrigan. Morgain's name is
not wholly unrepresented in the topography of Armorica; she has, it goes
without saying, a fairy dwelling; she can foretell the future, she can
cast a magic mist where she will. Like the Morrigan, also, Morgain
is a fomenter of strife...
... It is possible to explain the form Morgán
(or Morgáin) as derived directly from Morrigan. The name of
the war-goddess is written Mórrigan, Mór Rígan,
Morrign, Morrígu (see Hennessy, Rev. Celt., I, 53, for the declension;
Stokes, Rev. Celt., XII, 128, 308). The original accent of the
word is uncertain; but the etymology generally accepted by scholars (see
below, p. 159), which explains the name as a compound consisting of mor,
great, and rígan, queen, makes it probable that the word had
an accented penult... (Studies in the Fairy Mythology of Arthurian Romance,