The Celtic Mother Daughter Knot: Everything You Need To Know About The Symbols

What it's all about and what to beware of

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In the last few weeks, I’ve had a heap of emails about the Celtic mother daughter knot.

The messages all began a few days after we published a guide to the Celtic Motherhood Knot, and they’ve been banging into my inbox since.

In our guide below, you’ll get an insight into the Celtic mother daughter symbol, where it came from and why it is actually one of the ancient Celtic symbols.

The Celtic Mother Daughter Knot: Why it isn’t an Ancient Symbol

If you read our detailed guide to Celtic symbols and their meaning, you’ll have seen me rant away a fair bit.

In-fact, I rant in many guides related to the Celts. Why? Well, because there’s a lot of misinformation being spread online.

The truth is, the Celts produced a very finite number of symbols – they haven’t been around for a long time, after all.

Unfortunately, dodgy business owners looking to make a quick dollar have invented designs for a number of symbols, such as the Celtic mother daughter knot.

This isn’t an ancient symbol. Don’t get me wrong, some of them look pretty good, but they are’t one of the original Celtic symbols.

The Most Accurate Mother Daughter Celtic Symbols (in my Opinion!)

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Photo by Christine Krahl (Shutterstock)

The most accurate of the many mother daughter Celtic symbols online are the ones that closely resemble the Trinity Knot in some fashion.

There are tonnes of variations online that are simply artists impressions of what they think the symbol should look like.

The Celtic mother daughter knot pictured above is the best representation that I could find online. Is it an ancient symbol? Absolutely not.

Was it designed by the Celts? No, it wasn’t, but neither were any of the other Celtic mother daughter symbols that you’ll find online.

I’m writing this guide for the same reason that I wrote our guide to the Celtic symbol for mother and son – to make you aware that these symbols need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Don’t let someone convince you that there are ancient Celtic symbols for mother and daughter relationships, there aren’t!

“Hi! I want to get a Celtic Mother Daughter Tattoo”

I struggle with these emails for a couple of reasons; firstly, the people that email this type of questions have usually seen a symbol online that they like and that they want inked on their skin.

Usually, they have no real interest in hearing anything other than, ‘That looks great – it’s absolutely an ancient Celtic mother daughter knot symbol and it’d look great tattooed on your forehead..’.

I tend to get a lot of angry replies from people when I respond to their email letting them know that there is no ancient mother daughter symbol.

It’s just a fact. That being said, there’s nothing stopping you getting a tattoo with one of the symbols that you found online. If it makes you happy, do it!

If it was me, I’d try to find a design as close to the Trinity Knot as physically possible, as that’ll be the most authentic… without really being authentic… if you get me.

FAQS About the Mother Daughter Celtic Knot

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Photo by Christine Krahl (Shutterstock)

As I mentioned above, we get a crazy amount of emails and messages with questions about everything from Celtic mother daughter tattoos to the Celtic symbol for daughter.

In the section below, I’m going to pop in as many of the FAQs that we get asked. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask it in the comments section.

Is there a Celtic symbol for daughter? Like a solo symbol or something along those lines?

So, there definitely isn’t an ancient Celtic symbol for daughter, despite what the many different websites online that ‘specialise’ in this subject will tell you.

If you have your heart set on finding something a symbol for your daughter, for a present or whatever, you’ll need to use one of the artist impressions.

I want to get a mother daughter Celtic tattoo when we take a family trip to Ireland. Will tattoo parlours know what I’m talking about?

Firstly, I love the idea of a mother daughter Celtic tattoo (or any tattoo, for that matter) – I can just imagine trying to convince my mam to get one with me!

I haven’t any tattoos personally, but I’d recommend bringing with you the design that you want. Do some research in advance and find something that you both like and that you’ll be happy with… forever…

I’ve read that the mother daughter Celtic knot isn’t a real symbol – where’s the proof that this is true?

The mother daughter Celtic knot, like many other ‘new’ Celtic symbols that have appeared online in recent years, are artist impressions.

If you read our guide to Celtic symbols and their meaning, you’ll get an insight into the real symbols designed by the Celts.

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