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Rhiannon

Origin: Netherlands
gender-female
Region Origin: Western Europe

Rhiannon is a girl's name of Welsh origin, meaning "great queen" or "goddess". The name stems from the mythological name Rigantona, which also means "great queen" and is associated with a Celtic goddess of fertility. The origins of the name can be traced back to the Proto-Celtic term 'r-gan,' which means 'great queen'. However, there is not much clarity over the name's origins, and it is considered by many to be a newer Welsh variant of the Brythonic Celtic name Rigantona. The name Rhiannon is connected to the Welsh mythology in the Mabinogi, where she is depicted as a beautiful magical woman who rides a white horse and demonstrates the powers of a giantess or the strength of a horse by carrying travelers on her back. The name's usage outside Wales occurred during the 1970s, thanks to the hit song 'Rhiannon' by Stevie Nicks, which increased its popularity in the United Kingdom and Australia. Apart from the song, the name Rhiannon has been used for characters in various TV shows, such as Rhiannon Marcus in Party of Five and Rhiannon Bates in the Australian soap opera Neighbors.

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