Origin of the name NIMUE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name NIMUE.
NIMUE.Arthurian. The Lady of the Lake. A corrupted form
(q.v.), which is probably from Nineveh, the capital of Syria,
meaning "habitation of Nin," from a compound of Nin
and naveh (habitation). (The
Bible Explainer, Nicholson, 1870).
doubt the name Nimue is a clerical error for Nineve or Ninive.
It occurs only once in the three volumes. (See Nineve.)
N.B.—Tennyson makes Vivien the seductive betrayer
of Merlin, and says she enclosed him "in the four walls of a hollow
tower;" but the History says "Nimue put him under the
stone" (pt. i. 60). (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in
Fiction, &c., Brewer, v.2, 1899)