names that I liked before BFP

(12 Posts)
forgetmenots Tue 09-Oct-12 23:22:11

Now I finally have my bfp I can start enjoying names! Any thoughts on these? I'm in Scotland, Irish connections...

Lachlan (vowel as in cat, and happy with Lachie too)
Ruairidh
Gregor
Hamish

Orla
Martha
Niamh
Eimear or Eimhir

Initial thoughts would be great - I know a lot of people outside Scotland/Ireland might not use some of them....

YouMayLogOut Tue 09-Oct-12 23:40:43

In order of preference

Hamish
Ruairidh
Gregor
Lachlan

Eimear or Eimhir
Niamh
Martha
Orla

JennaMoroney Tue 09-Oct-12 23:43:39

I like Gregor and Rory but not Ruairidh. The spelling just wrecks my head! Hamish is ok. Maybe too scottish, like say 'chuck' or 'randy' too american.
Lachlan is hard to say.

Eimear - dull
Niamh - better
Martha - like it
Orla - like it

What about Edel? that's an Irish name which seems like your taste.

Kelerina Wed 10-Oct-12 06:51:49

I'm Irish but live in Scotland and your names have some similarities to mine!

We have just found out we are having a boy smile so our two contenders at the moment are Lochlan/Lachlan not sure which and Eoin.

TBH I really dislike Hamish and Gregor, they both sound quite hard to me if you know what I mean?

Ruairidh is gorgeous (I love the spelling!) but it rhymes with what baby's surname will be so that's out for us (although DP doesn't see why.....)

Of your girls names Martha is beautiful, I love Orlaith, that was on my top list for girls, spelt that way but DP hated it.

Niamh- Quite like

Eimear- I have always really disliked this name, again it sounds quite hard to my ear

Overall though it seems we have similar taste, you have some great names there.

Will you find out the sex?

Kelerina Wed 10-Oct-12 06:53:58

How about Innes for a boy?

HiHowAreYou Wed 10-Oct-12 06:58:57

I really like Gregor.

forgetmenots Wed 10-Oct-12 07:28:02

Thanks for all the thoughts and great suggestions! Jenna I wondered that about Hamish, my feeling is maybe for me it is too like that. Quite like Edel...!

Kelerina I think we do have similar taste - even the things you're unsure of with these kind of match what I'm thinking! I love Innes but can't have it (family connection!)

youmaylogout that's actually almost exactly the reverse of my initial order of preference - now I'm not so sure! Thanks, it's good to see which ones are generally iffy!

forgetmenots Wed 10-Oct-12 12:47:59

kelerina sorry I didn't answer your question! I'm only very early (about six weeks I think now having counted properly!) but I think at the moment I won't find out... Congratulations on your boy, though, and I love both Lochlan and Lachlan - think the latter is better with my surname but both gorgeous!

JennaMoroney Wed 10-Oct-12 12:51:55

Thought of another few girls names for you

Fraoch (heather in irish)
Siún (shoon. love this one).

What about Lorcan? Irish version of Lachlan. Easier to say (well, for an Irish person!).

Gregor and Ruaridh are strong names, but that's a good thing for a boy! I am giving myself a spelling test here. I wonder if I spelt Ruaridh right. I will deliberately not check.

ps, what I said about Hamish being to scotland what hank/randy are to America, i would feel the same about Seamus for Ireland I think, although Seamus is coming back here. I know a few under ten.

forgetmenots Wed 10-Oct-12 12:59:52

Interesting jenna, cos I did wonder about Seamus (popular in the islands here too as Hamish is basically a variant because of the way Gaelic works - assume it's the same in Irish). I love Siun, may not be able to use it but I love that idea. Will think about Lorcan... Is it pronounced as written?

...the way you spelled Ruairidh is one of the common spellings, you're grand! As someone who has had a common name all her life but that has about six variant spellings this part doesn't upset me, though Lachlan being hard to say may be an issue - even though in many ways that is possibly my favourite so far! Thanks so much smile

JennaMoroney Wed 10-Oct-12 18:51:01

yes, lorcan is pronounced as you'd expect. is ruaridh pronounced roooreee but written ruaridh? i would say roooreee but i have and english friend who writes ruaridh but SAYS rory!

forgetmenots Wed 10-Oct-12 19:20:03

I would say it like Roo-ree! Think it's maybe an accent thing though!

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