Origin:Irish
Meaning:Wailing spirit
Irish legends are nothing to be sniffed at, and the legend of the banshee is no different. This feminine name of Irish origin refers to the "wailing spirit" that was once the stuff of nightmares. The howl of a banshee was understood as a death in the house. The phrase 'screamed like a banshee' didn't come out of nowhere, anyways!
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