Shonagh

(30 Posts)
Mazza22 Mon 22-Feb-16 17:27:32

What are people's opinions on Shonagh for DD? Would like to pass on some irish heritage without having too difficult a spelling. Pronounced Show-na

Arsenalfan06 Mon 22-Feb-16 17:29:16

I like the name , my dsd is Shona spelt that way smile

StinkyMcgrinky Mon 22-Feb-16 17:30:15

I think it's lovely. smile

Mazza22 Mon 22-Feb-16 17:32:18

Thanks guys smile maybe Shona would be a better option for spelling... Just love a bit if the silent irish gh!

Sophronia Mon 22-Feb-16 17:39:40

I think it's better spelled Shona

SpidersFromMars Mon 22-Feb-16 17:44:46

Shona is lovely. The gh is unneccessary if she's being brought up outside Ireland.

turdfairynomore Mon 22-Feb-16 17:49:05

I'd go for Shona with no "gh". But I'm in NI and know a few Shaunaghs???

ddeemummy Mon 22-Feb-16 17:50:26

Shona is beautiful smile

turdfairynomore Mon 22-Feb-16 17:55:00

Is Shona more Scottish than Irish?? It reminds me more of a Scots Gaelic name than Irish Gaelic..... Not that I know anything about either!!!!!

DontKillMyVibe Mon 22-Feb-16 18:12:18

I know an Irish Shona who spells it without the gh - not so sure that the gh is even that popular in Ireland anymore though I could be wrong. It's a nice name though I think I do prefer it spelt Shona.

harrietm87 Mon 22-Feb-16 19:12:24

Shona is scottish - comes from seonaid. The Irish equivalent is Sinéad (shin-ade).

wigglesrock Mon 22-Feb-16 21:41:23

I find it a bit dated, same with Sinead - I've always seen it spelt Shona.

Mazza22 Tue 23-Feb-16 01:32:10

Thanks for all the feedback - very useful

SaltySea Tue 23-Feb-16 01:36:35

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it blush

mrsschu Tue 23-Feb-16 07:53:36

Have come across both Irish and Scottish Shona(gh)'s. In Ireland I've only seen it spelt Shona which is the I'd spell it. I'm not hugely keen on it but it's fine.

Shosha1 Tue 23-Feb-16 07:59:12

Not keen. Give you one guess why smile.

( and yes you do get shortened to Sho or Shon

TheWitchsCat Tue 23-Feb-16 08:11:25

If you're in England you'd have to be prepared for her to be called "Shon-Ag", quite a lot I think.

secretskillrelationships Tue 23-Feb-16 08:13:55

I have a very similar name and, while I love that it's different now, I grew up thinking names weren't very important because no one used mine! Including teachers. People try to pronounce the gh which leads to, in your case, show-nag! My children also had problems with it at pre-school etc doing the 'who am I' projects. My children have 'easy' names! And only 3 unlike my 4, though I regret that now I'm divorced.

secretskillrelationships Tue 23-Feb-16 08:15:21

X-post smile

TheWitchsCat Tue 23-Feb-16 08:36:18

I absolutely love the name Clodagh but probably won't use it (maybe for a middle name) because I wouldn't want her to be called Clod-ag all the time. With Shona there is an acceptable spelling to make it easy for non Irish people though so I would go with that OP.

Mazza22 Tue 23-Feb-16 11:35:12

Thanks everyone - really useful feedback. smile

dustarr73 Tue 23-Feb-16 11:52:46

My gd is Shona beautiful name.

IoraRua Tue 23-Feb-16 14:42:26

I love the Shonagh spelling. If people can learn to cope with Aoife and Niamh (see these all the time on here), they'll manage a Shonagh.

Groovee Tue 23-Feb-16 14:44:37

I've known a Sheonagh, Shona and Shonagh.

LemonBreeland Tue 23-Feb-16 14:49:31

I do find Shona a bit old fashioned. It seems a bit 1970's or 80's to me. There are much prettier Irish names imo.

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