Any Irish MNers? Everyone? Advice on this name.

(53 Posts)
greenants Fri 23-Nov-12 22:37:30

I'm wondering how Erin is seen in Ireland. I believe it's meaning is Ireland and has been around since the 1950s or so. Is it a popular name? I'm trying to work out what kind of name it is - trendy, classic etc - and if its going to stand the test of time.

Could it described as timeless as that's what I'm looking for?

It's not a proper Irish name.

It's a name 3rd generation Americans call their kids. Phoney and naff.

I'm Irish.

ChippyMinton Fri 23-Nov-12 22:42:55

Lovely name. The only one I know has Irish parents confused

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 22:44:29

the only one I know has an Irish dad....

CremeEggThief Brazil Fri 23-Nov-12 22:44:49

It's originally a poetic name for Ireland (Eireann), imported back to Ireland from Irish immigrants in America, I believe. I am 34 and know four Irish Erins, from 13 to early 30s.

Tommy Fri 23-Nov-12 22:45:08

Lovely name. Some friends called their daughter Erin - he is Irish, she is 2nd generation Irish

CremeEggThief Brazil Fri 23-Nov-12 22:46:00

Oh and in Ireland, it's pronounced 'Ere/inn'.

quietlysuggests Fri 23-Nov-12 22:48:54

I love it.
It started out as only Irish Americans would call their daughters this, also Shannon, to emphasise their Irishness.
So its been seen by Americans as an Irish name for decades now.
But whilest people used to sort of sneer at this type of thing (back in the 80s people would marvel at "only in america..."), in the past 10 ish years its become a name name.
I love it. Its high up my list.

CointreauVersial Fri 23-Nov-12 22:51:55

We have an Erin. DH is Irish, I'm not.

It isn't a common name in Ireland, and isn't traditional at all. But it is a name that works well in the UK, but still has a nod to her father's heritage.

I don't think DH's family had any objection to it.

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 23:03:27

you sound familiar Ms V

forgetmenots Fri 23-Nov-12 23:03:59

It's similar to the Scottish Gaelic for Ireland, Eirinn (pronounced air-een)
Fwiw!

ConfusedandBemused Fri 23-Nov-12 23:04:44

I'm from Ireland, I know of one. It's not very popular at all, I would never have liked it. It would not be considered a traditional name here.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 23:07:11

I think it is often seen as a compromise name for people who want an Irish link, but not a really Irish name with a 'difficult' spelling. I think relatives of mine would possibly consider it a bit naff. Like naming your child Chelsea or London.

But I (English) like it. Have two non-Irish friends with an Erin.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 23:07:47

No, definitely not traditional or classic from an Irish perspective.

CointreauVersial Fri 23-Nov-12 23:09:36

Familiar, goralka? How so??

AThingInYourLife Fri 23-Nov-12 23:10:57

I really hate this name.

It reminds me of cheap cuppa soup - Erin Hotcup.

Erin and Éireann aren't pronounced the same way.

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 23:11:23

were you ever Ms V in RL?

canyou Fri 23-Nov-12 23:13:18

Am Irish, it makes me think of Erin Soup

CointreauVersial Fri 23-Nov-12 23:18:19

My first name is V......

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 23:19:45

ah no well then I got it wrong! Sorry!

tibradden Fri 23-Nov-12 23:20:15

Don't have too many close friends but 3 have daughters named Erin
prounced Air - in. All gave birth the same year

Each looking for an original name, all quite horrified that someone else had used their original name.

CointreauVersial Fri 23-Nov-12 23:30:41

(phew, thought my cover was blown there) wink

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 23:35:47

grin sorry to alarm you!!

Again with the soup I'm afraid.

lollypopsicle Sat 24-Nov-12 08:15:42

I know 3 Erins, all under 3. All are British babies but named by first or second generation Irish parents who would regard themselves as having strong Irish roots (or at least one of them would). I like it, but it is becoming rather common in my (admittedly anglo-Irish catholic) circles.

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