Gobnait is an Irish/ Gaelic girl's name derived from the word "gob" meaning mouth. Girls named Gobnait are often said to be talkative. It could also be the female variant of of the name "Gobán" which is a gaelic word derived from "godha" meaning smith. St. Gobnait is the Irish Patron Saint of Bee Keeping. Several sites around Ireland are linked to her but she's most assocciated with the village of Ballyvourney in Co. Cork where it is said she saw nine white deer and then knew that was the site for her church. She was also known as a healer of animals and people. Some rituals and artefacts assocciated with St. Gobnait are still said to hold healing powers.
Gobnait is the Irish of Abigail (which means "brings joy") and Deborah is an anglicization of Gobnait meaning honey bee.
by IrishJubJub February 03, 2010