Hi there !
I am interested by the etymology of the word naomh. In the Mac Bain's
dictionary, I have found the following :
naomh : holy, Irish naomh, Early Irish nóem, nóeb, Old Irish nóib :
*noibo-s; Old Persian naiba, beautiful, Persian nîw (do.). Bez. suggests the
alternative of Lettic naigs, quite beautiful.
Kim McCONE, in (1991), Pagan past and Christian present in Early Irish
literature, p16 and 149 is giving the same explanation.
But in GUYONVARC¹H, Christian-J., (trad.), (1999), Le Dialogue des deux
sages, Paris, Payot, 185p (p29), the author says that etymologically naomh
points out "vigor". Does anybody have an opinion on that, or an idea from
where such an etymology is coming ?
Thank you in advance,