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aoife , niamh or Sophia?

(29 Posts)
apprenticemamma Sat 19-Oct-13 15:18:44

Just found out we are having a girlsmile Looking for a name to reflect Irish and Greek roots.Aoife is our favourite, but worried itll get caught up in eva ava confusion! previously loved niamh but worried too common ....Thoughts? (a sister for James)

Live in Scotland.

Mumof3xx Sat 19-Oct-13 15:20:41

Niamh is very pretty it was on my list but oh said no

NoComet Sat 19-Oct-13 15:23:10

Niamh is my favourite of those. I still can't pronounce Aofie.

meerschweinchen Sat 19-Oct-13 15:24:40

I love all three of these names, but especially
Aoife. I guess she will have to explain pronunciation to people, but it's such a pretty name, it's worth it, in my opinion. Sophia is the most straightfoward name in terms of spelling and pronunciation, and it is lovely, but does seem to be getting really popular.

KateBeckett Sat 19-Oct-13 15:25:39

I love Aoife smile

Mumof3xx Sat 19-Oct-13 15:28:12

Is aoife - eefa?

apprenticemamma Sat 19-Oct-13 15:33:21

mum of three yes eef-ur

Mumof3xx Sat 19-Oct-13 15:34:36

Thought so lol

apprenticemamma Sat 19-Oct-13 15:35:03

keener on an Irish first name so Sophia is not a forerunner. Niamh is 75th most popular in UK and aoife isn't on list. Argh. !!!!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Sat 19-Oct-13 15:35:42

I love Aoife.
Niamh would be my second choice from your list.

Xavielli Sat 19-Oct-13 15:53:01

I have a little half Scottish Aoife smile not had any problems with pronunciation but many with spelling. Niamh is our go to girls name for this one.

Inkspellme Sat 19-Oct-13 16:15:09

all are lovely - Aoife is usually pronounced Ee-fa not Ee-fur it that makes any difference to you.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 19-Oct-13 16:17:27

I love Aoife

apprenticemamma Sat 19-Oct-13 16:18:48

hi inky yeah meant to type eefa but smartphone decided otherwise. I know a few relatives called aoife so ffamiliar with pn not everyone else is though!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 19-Oct-13 16:20:27

Aoife definitely!

Pinupgirl Sat 19-Oct-13 16:22:24

I love aoife and was one of the names I wanted for a dd but didn't use it as pil insisted it was spelt eoife and pronounced A-fahmm Put me off using it as they were so arsey about it but I love it.

Coupon Sat 19-Oct-13 16:23:20

I like Sophia best of the three.

lljkk Sat 19-Oct-13 16:23:40

Slam me for dullness but I'd choose Sofia because it will get spelt and said correctly more often. And I think it's prettier, so win-win all round.

sleepingbeautiful Sat 19-Oct-13 16:30:57

I like Niamh best, and actually think it's a lot less common than the other 2 at the moment (well not Aoife, but if you count Eve/Eva/Ava/Evie etc). I know loads of Sophies and Sophias from 0-20 in age.

Inglori0us Sat 19-Oct-13 16:32:47

I love Aoife, it was a front runner for our daughter as we wanted an Irish name, but as my first name and our surname is always misspelled and mispronounced I was concerned it'd be a huge PITA for her (we live in England). Niamh is also gorgeous and people at least know how to say it, if not spell it.
If constantly spelling it won't annoy you, then go for it! I'm just a stroppy baggage!

Tikkamasala Tue 22-Oct-13 22:20:42

Niamh! Lovely name and I don't think it will be too common.

aquashiv Tue 22-Oct-13 22:47:00

Aoife lovely and not too common.

twoboysundertwo Tue 22-Oct-13 22:48:45

aoife. it's the most beautiful name. I picked it out- but had two little boys

NatureAbhorsAHoover Tue 22-Oct-13 22:51:58

agree with inglorious - if it's not a PITA with your surname and the likelihood of having to spell it out, then go with Aoife/Niamh. Otherwise Sophia is lovely and my personal fave.

elcranko Tue 22-Oct-13 23:39:47

I think all three are gorgeous and am struggling to choose a favourite!

I know two little Niamhs and one Sophia, I don't know any Aoifes.

I'm going to say go with Aoife!

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