Traditional yet rare (or Irish) - that standard MN request!

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MargaretsMum Fri 22-Nov-13 10:55:05

Have obviously namechanged for this!

I am four months pregnant and have had a bit of a rough ride (just minor health stuff, but enough to drag you down) this pregnancy. I'm trying to get excited so I'm turning my attention to names!

I am totally stuck and would love some inspiration. I have a Margaret (family names in the middle). I know it's a bit of a marmite name, but I adore it.

I'd like similar suggestions for this baby if anyone fancies helping out. I'm after names that are 'known' but not common (There were only about 70 Margarets in England and Wales the year she was born I think, it can be more popular than that, but ideally not top 100). Preferably fairly traditional, or alternatively Irish (with easy English spellings).

For girls, I am not fond of 'frilly' names, I'd like something strong sounding. In an ideal world, not ending -ella, -ia, i.e. (though I like Hermione).

For boys, I like things like Timothy, Peter, David, etc (though some of those are discounted as the names of family) or biblical names. On the Irish side, I love Seamus, but DH vetoed it last time. I don't really like surname names personally, so would rule those out.

Anyone feeling creative with all those rules?

Maeve and Luke would be my suggestions smile

MargaretsMum Fri 22-Nov-13 11:00:30

Maeve is lovely. That was on my list last time but DH wasn't keen. Might work on that one.

Luke is nice but doesn't go with our surname. Our surname is very short and heavy on vowels. It's not Lee, but think that type of thing. So I think it needs something either slightly longer or with a stronger end sound to work. More stuff in that vein though is good.

Thanks!

Middleagedmotheroftwo Fri 22-Nov-13 11:01:45

I love Brona as an Irish girls' name.

curlew Fri 22-Nov-13 11:04:44

Patrick and Niamh.
Patrick and Grainne.
Patrick and Roisin.

curlew Fri 22-Nov-13 11:05:18

Oh, sorry, I thought twins for some reason.

leesam Fri 22-Nov-13 11:06:09

Aiden and Riley for boys . Orla for girl x

MargaretsMum Fri 22-Nov-13 11:08:00

Those are all lovely curlew. Thankfully, not twins. I'd been feeling so rubbish that I was holding my breath at the scan though!

Thank you for the other suggestions. Keep 'em coming.

leesam - Orla is ruled out as already used in the close family, but definitely on the right track. smile

Shente Fri 22-Nov-13 11:10:46

Caroline for a girl I love it and would def consider it if I had another dd. Evelyn? Christina?

Boys Christopher? Edward?

MargaretsMum Fri 22-Nov-13 11:10:53

I have to go out now - I'm not ignoring any other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

Shente Fri 22-Nov-13 11:11:43

Oh maybe not Christopher Lee!

Floggingmolly Fri 22-Nov-13 11:13:06

Seán and Ciara?

MargaretsMum Fri 22-Nov-13 11:14:17

Ha, ha, ha. It's not actually Lee, was trying to think of something that sounds a bit like our name without outing myself grin. Christopher would be ok with our surname. smile

Weegiemum Fri 22-Nov-13 11:17:48

Katherine, Eilidh, Rowan, Kirsteen.
Tormond, Robert, Aidan, Alastair.

FarelyKnuts Fri 22-Nov-13 11:24:48

Shona
Alva
Ciara
Eileen
Orla
Taryn
Máire
Aíne
Ursula

Cíllian
Riain
Rhauri/Rory
Padhraig

onelittlepiglet Fri 22-Nov-13 11:25:48

How about...
Erin
Emer
Ava
Kathleen

Aiden
Rory
Patrick
Finnian

ProfondoRosso Fri 22-Nov-13 11:27:34

Bridget: my paternal grandmother, from Derry (shortened to Bridie, which is a Scottish word for a pie! grin)
Rosaleen (Roisin in Gaelic): one of my friends from Galway. I love that name. It's pretty, but not too sweet.
Aisling: DSis's partner, from Mayo. Love this name too.

For boys, I'm with you on Seamus - that's a brilliant name. What about Malachy? If you're going biblical, I like Joseph and Peter.

cupcakeicing Fri 22-Nov-13 11:28:43

Finlay
Duncan
Mitchell

Riosin
Christine

Clara is lovely too.

minniemagoo Fri 22-Nov-13 11:31:28

Hannah
Tara
Orla
Kerry
Eimear
Sinead
Maura
Cara
Roisin

Leo
Martin
Tomas
Stephen
Mark
Timothy

minniemagoo Fri 22-Nov-13 11:32:20

Sorry just saw Orla ruled out, what about Orlaith?

cantthinkofagoodone Fri 22-Nov-13 11:36:43

Fiona
Elizabeth
Ciara/Ciaran
Laura

Micah
Rory
Raurai
Edwin
Nevin
Evan

cloggal Fri 22-Nov-13 15:01:37

Mairead or even Margo for a girl?
Nuala
Mairin
Una
Eilis/Eilish/Eilidh (accept maybe not easy Emglish, but middle one is surely smile )
Morven

Fergus/Fearghal
Ruairi
Gregor
Lachlan
Angus
Jonah
Peter /peadar - great name
Matthew

DancingLady Fri 22-Nov-13 15:05:15

Eithne, Saoirse, Jean (LOVE Jean for a baby girl!), Rowan?

MillyONaire Fri 22-Nov-13 15:08:44

Mary is beautiful I think and seriously underused (Margaret Mary was a popular name when I was growing up!)
May

For a boy:
Odran (ode ran)
Joseph
Seosamh (irish for Joseph) (show sev)

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