132Irslinger, Britta. "Medb 'the intoxicating one'? (Re-)constructing the past through etymology." Ulidia 4. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales. Queens-University, Belfast, 27-29 June, 2013." Ed. Mícheál Ó Mainnín & Gregory Toner. Read online here.

Irslinger writes, "The name Medb is assumed to be cognate with Celtic 'medu- 'mead' from PIE 'médhu- n. ‘mead, honey,’ continued by Old Irish mid, Old Welsh meth, Welsh medd and Breton mez. The adjective 'medw-o/ā-' is derived from this noun and underlies Old Irish medb 'strong, intoxicating', Welsh meddw, Breton mezv 'drunk.'"

According to Petrie: "The Meadhbh, or Meve, from whom this Rath was named, was, according to all the ancient Irish authorities, the wife of Art, the father of Cormac..." (Petrie, George. "On the History and Antiquities of Tara Hill." The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 18, 1839, pp. 138-9.)