Usually a Muslim name, bestowed in honour of Muhammad's daughter. However, it is occasionally borne by Roman Catholics in honour of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’, who in 1917 appeared to three shepherd children from the village of Fatima, near Leiria in western Portugal.
Spanish: 1. religious byname, from the title María de las Nieves ‘Mary of the Snows’, given particularly to children born on 5 August, on which date the Virgin allegedly once caused it to snow in Rome. It is possible that the surname derives in part from a nickname for someone with snow-white hair. 2. Castilianized form of the Galician and Asturian-Leonese habitational name Neves.