How would you pronounce Oisin?

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soapnuts Mon 10-Sep-12 05:41:44

I know all the books say Ush-een (which I don't like - sounds like a girls name to me) but I've known a couple of people with the name who pronounce it Osh-in - which I love!

DH is Irish and pronounces it the first way but agrees with me that he loves it the second way. All our family is in Ireland (though they will pronounce it the way we tell them!) but we live abroad (in a very international community) and our son is likely to not be living in Ireland as well. DS1 also has an Irish name that is pronounced slightly differently than it is spelt (though much closer and it wasn't intentional!) and it's never been a problem.

So how would you pronounce it? If you wanted it to be Osh-in, how would you spell it? Or are we just storing up problems for ourselves and DS?? We're really struggling with other names we agree on!

StuntNun Mon 10-Sep-12 05:47:46

I think there are different pronounciations depending on which Irish accent you have. Certainly the similar girls' name Roisin can be pronounced Rosh-een, Row-sheen, etc. by different people. Oisin is a lovely name (I would say O-sheen with a very short O but I'm English so what do I know!)

trumpton Mon 10-Sep-12 05:48:23

Osh-un here in the Isle of Man . Our friend in Wales has a DS with the same name also pronounced the same way . Somewhere between Osh-un and Osh-in anyway . Lovely name . Good Manx song called Hie Finn as Oisin . Might be on interweb by The Mollag Band if you can find it .

twolittlebundles Mon 10-Sep-12 05:49:57

my friend called Oisin always pronounced it Osh-in, which I like. I would spell it the traditional way, myself, but I prefer traditional spellings.

Having said that, my DP has an un-pronounceable and un-spellable name (it is Welsh and he has never actually lived in Wales) which he has to spell out and explain to people every day of his life. Which is fine if you're outgoing and confident as a child, but a problem if you are prone to shyness!

soapnuts Mon 10-Sep-12 05:56:06

oh yeah!! I was expecting everyone to say Ush-een. I think we're going to go with Osh-in (or Osh-un is fine too!) and I would prefer it spelt the traditional way. DS1 is spelt the gaelic way (though some suggest that is pronounced slightly differently too!!) and I've got a name that I have to spell and "teach" people how to pronounce (though it's pretty common!) so he won't be the only one anyhow.

..... now just got to work on a middle name!!

DolomitesDonkey Mon 10-Sep-12 06:48:00

I would pronounce it O-sheen based upon knowing a Roisin and my basic knowledge of gaelic.

Flimflammery Mon 10-Sep-12 06:52:01

I have Irish friends with son called Oisin. Originally I'm sure they told us it was 'ush' as in 'push' - een. But later they started pronouncing it 'ush' as in 'rush' -een. But not osh-in, sorry.

newby2 Mon 10-Sep-12 07:30:54

I'm English and I would pronounce it Osh-een, defo not Ush-een. I would remember to put the accent over the last i. I think thats nice.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 10-Sep-12 07:32:44

O-shin for my NI relatives. It was my name for DD had she been a boy. But the Kerry clan say Ush !

whatthewhatthebleep Mon 10-Sep-12 07:33:25

it's like hoisin sauce without the H isn't it?...that's what came to me...sorry

whatthewhatthebleep Mon 10-Sep-12 07:36:34

thats how I saw the name...but I'm just someone thats never heard this name before...purely on spelling this is what jumped out for me....

FarelyKnuts Mon 10-Sep-12 07:37:17

Its Uh sheen here in the west of Ireland but if you aren't in the country people will probably just pronounce it however you tell it

BustleInYourHedgerow Mon 10-Sep-12 07:42:19

Ush-een here. The fada (accent on the i, can't do it on my phone) means the emphasis is on the i. I know Oisins from Dublin, the NorthWest and the South and had never heard it pronounced any other way.

Maryz Mon 10-Sep-12 07:46:00

I would always pronounce it Uh-Sheen, because that is how it is phonetically in Irish. I have less of a problem with you changing the Uh to Osh, but the second syllable is more of a problem if you spell it correctly because of the fada. If you spell it the traditional way, there is a fada on the i, so Oisín, which has to have the een sound at the end. I suppose you could leave out the fada.

Róisín should always be Row (as in a rowing boat) -sheen, because of the fada on the o making it an oh sound and the fada on the i making it an ee sound.

I know an óisín (fada on both o and i), which is pronounced like O-sheen.

aufaniae Mon 10-Sep-12 07:48:46

The Welsh and Scottish versions are spelt Osian and Ossian (respectively)
and are both pronounced Osh-an I think.

Beautiful name smile

It has some great stories attached to it too.

newmum001 Mon 10-Sep-12 07:55:11

I read it like hoisin too.

7to25 Mon 10-Sep-12 07:55:20

The only problem with Oisin is that the een at the end will make people think it is a girls name.
This is the reason I have avoided it in my collection of 5 Irish boys names

DevaDiva Mon 10-Sep-12 08:00:56

Oshan but I'm Welsh grin

IShallPracticeMyCurtsey Mon 10-Sep-12 08:02:49

Chiming in to echo Maryz's explanation of how the name is traditionally spelled and pronounced here in Ireland. Never heard it any other way here.

soapnuts Mon 10-Sep-12 08:43:13

Maryz - I see your point on the fada.... I was planning on leaving it off (so I guess not all that traditional) because we're abroad and it just would get to complicated trying to explain the fada..... would that change the pronounciation though?

aufaniae/Devadiva - how do you pronounce those? I've googled but I'm struggling with the pronunciation! We could definitely get away with using a Welsh name as we've got heritage that way too!

babyblabber Mon 10-Sep-12 08:59:41

Never heard any version other than Uh-sheen. Think it's a gorgeous name but doesn't go with our surname

aufaniae Mon 10-Sep-12 09:29:49

The Welsh version of the same name is spelt Osian and pronounced Osh-an.

redpanda13 Mon 10-Sep-12 10:03:34

Uh-sheen. Irish relatives so familiar with the name.

CharlotteYork Mon 10-Sep-12 10:05:37

I have a number of Irish friends with boys with this name they all pronounce
O shin

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Mon 10-Sep-12 10:08:59

Call him something else.
Hi, my name is taffy. I know it's spelled tigger but My mother doesn't like that pronunciation so we say taffy. Yes, I know it doesn't make sense but that's my name, ok. ( and repeat.... A lot.)

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