THE PROBLEM OF THE NAME
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The commonly accepted spelling in English, Sheela-na-gig, or sometimes just Sheela, has become applied as a type-name by archaeologists and art historians, despite the fact that nobody knows what the word actually denotes. Its linguistic origin and meaning are obscure. Most researchers agree with Eamonn P.Kelly that the name derives from the Irish language,1 but its components have yet to be identified.