Irish boys' names - help

(65 Posts)
LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:25:09

Hi there,

DH and I are really stuck for Irish boys' names. We're both Irish and our DS1 has an Irish name (Oisín). DS2 is due next month and we are at a standstill. We definitely want another Irish name, and preferably a little more unusual than Conor/ Seán/ Aidan, but we just cannot agree.

He loves Fiachra and Ferdia. I am not a fan. I think they sound a bit 'Lord of the Rings' TBH and also boys' names ending in 'a' are not great in the UK as they sound quite feminine.

I love Ronán and Aodh. He hates them. He has also ruled out Liam and Dara (I know it ends in 'a' but I do quite like it) which I quite like.

So - help! The only names we have come up with which we could both live with, we think, are Conn and Daithí but I don't love either of them. Any ideas?


LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:38:10

Fiachra - too close to the word for teeth. OK though (in Ireland). I wouldn't use it, and I certainly wouldn't use it in the UK
Ferdia - ok, if you are musical, well-read, well-informed and you have no tv and drink jasmine tea.
Seán/Aidan/Conor - perfectly normal names, nobody will ever judge you, but they are kind of ordinary. I guess that is part of their appeal to some parents. Blank canvas classic name.
Liam - ok I quite like it.
Ronan - for a baby? I don't know. :-/
Aodh - sorry no. this is the gaelscoil effect. You opened some ancient scroll and saw a random collection of vowels !!?? wink I just don't know what to make of it.
Daithi - I like this one. David /Daithi could work well in the UK. Not a big deal. Not pretentious, but it is not used that much even in Ireland. Very classic.

I like Dara, but I prefer Diarmuid. That is solid, classic but it hasn't been overused like some of the legend names.

7to25 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:41:04

Mine are:
Ruairi, Eamon, Cormac, Ciaran and Eoghan

CremeEggThief Mon 24-Sep-12 15:41:10

What about Fionn? Or Fergal? Both go well with Oisin.

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:46:14


let me think. Fionn wanted to marry Grainne, and Grainne wanted to marry Diarmuid. Diarmuid was loyal to Fionn and so didn't agree to marry Grainne. Grainne changed her mind in the end (skips over massive chunk here) and Oisin (fionn's son) threatened to kill Diarmuid if he married Grainne.

SO! does that rule out Diarmuid as you already have an Oisin?

What about Cormac ?

Makeminealarge Mon 24-Sep-12 15:47:53

Cian? Pronounced key-inn

We're going for Tadhg if this baby is to be a boy (due on Wed - eek!) We have a Sadhbh - I am Irish, DH is not, we live in the UK

What about Senán? Goes well with Oisín imo.

<thinks of all relations/friends in Ireland>

Cillian? Conan? Enda? Eoghan? Fergal? Finbar? Fintan?

Lorcan or Ruairi?

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:02:19

Thanks for the ideas.

LizLemon07 I really love Aodh but I can see why DH hates it. As it's pronounced 'Ay' he thinks it just sounds like a letter of the alphabet ("are you going to call the next child 'B'?" yadda yadda). Daithí is definitely growing on me - it's got a lovely history, unusual but not downright weird, etc.

DH has ruled out various of these options (Eamon, Eoghan, Diarmuid, Ciaran, Fionn) but Cian is good. Do you think people would just say Cain in England?

I'm not a Ruairi fan (god, I am sounding so fussy), I think because I know a very odd Scottish guy with their version.

MakeTeaNotWar Good luck with your last 48 hours! How are you feeling? I have 3 weeks to go and am feeling massive.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:03:54

BunnyLebowski Cillian is a lovely name. I've got a friend whose son is called Cillian but I guess that doesn't rule it out. He says everyone calls him 'silly-an' though - they don't get the 'k' sound.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:04:46

Oh and the reason DH rules out Ronan BTW is because he thinks everyone will automatically think of Ronan Keating.

BikeRunSki Mon 24-Sep-12 16:08:10

Padraigh (sp?)

xxxresixxx Mon 24-Sep-12 16:13:42


Mollydoggerson Mon 24-Sep-12 16:18:09

Ruadhan (Rowan),

anna also feeling massive! I think people will get Cian once they've been told. Also love Lorcan but we have a similar-sounding surname so it doesn't work. I wouldn't automatically think of R Keating if it were Ronan

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:00:40

Senan is dreadful.

Redhillibilly Mon 24-Sep-12 17:05:29

We met a Fiachra on holiday. It took me a while to understand what the boy was saying to me (he was only 3 or 4 yrs old). I hadn't heard it before but once I was used to it I thought it suited him beautifully. His sister was called Sibhe (spelling?), pronounced Scythe

GummiberryJuice Mon 24-Sep-12 17:09:14


themammy73 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:14:55

I also have an Oisin and am looking for another Irish boys' name (just in case it's a boy). How would you pronounce Ruadhan? Is it more Roo-awn than Row-an?
Love Ferdia, Cillian and Fergal too!

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:17:49

scythe?! is that what English people hear?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:22:51


AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:24:59

Or what about Aodhán?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:37:16

Would you go for Fiach rather than Fiachra?

What about Cónán?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:43:27

themammy - exactly, Ruadhán is roo-awn.

Gorgeous name.

I love Irish boys' names. Girls' names not so much.

I have 3 DDs grin

LuellaLovesLavender Mon 24-Sep-12 17:51:32

Donnagh, Tiernan, Fergal, Conal, Diarmuid

Makeminealarge Mon 24-Sep-12 17:57:12

Cian- friends son name. At first we Wer all like 'see-an' but once corrected it stuck. I love it.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:25:37

I have a Ciar rather than Cian.
or what about Se (shay) can't do those we things above the letters but think the e is supposed to have one smile

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:32:29


squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:05:26

I'm with your husband, I think Ferdia ia a great name.

Aodh for a boy living in London would be a headache, no one would have a clue that it's just pronounced A.

I like Conal and Cormac too.

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:06:11

Don't know where I got London from!

mummylouise Mon 24-Sep-12 19:11:29

What about Finlay or Colm?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:14:48

Don't know where I got London from!

cos the OPs name is LondonAnna35??

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:16:33

That could be it blush

My mind is in wine addled bank holiday mode.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:17:13

lol - no bank holiday here smile

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Mon 24-Sep-12 19:19:42


Love the name Oisin BTW.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:21:06

Do I take it from the complete silence on Conn that no one likes it? I know a few people have said they like Daithi but no comment on Conn?

zookeeper Mon 24-Sep-12 19:23:46

I love Finbar; it has Cork connections I think

apachepony Mon 24-Sep-12 19:36:49

Oscar was the grandson of Fionn and son of Oisin. Not a lot of people would think of it being an Irish name though...

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:48:57

Conn is a bit of a nothing name - it sounds like it's just short for Connor and is inoffensive but a bit boring maybe - sorry smile

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:08:45

Conn is quite nice. There was a cute little speccy Conn in DD1's nursery class last year.

My Dad is Con, so I have that "ick, my parent's name" thing with it.

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:09:11

And where is there a bank holiday today?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:11:15

AThingInYourLife - Weedgieville (Glasgow)

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:12:57

Glasgow has a special bank holiday that the rest of Scotland doesn't get?

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 20:13:54

Yep. I don't question it, I just say 'yes please'.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:14:49

All places in Scotland have different bank holidays to the rest of the UK and mostly each other.

Sometimes at work we get forced to take the English ones even though our kids are in school sad

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:17:41

It should have been our local Bank Holiday 3 weeks ago but the kids didn't get it this year as they had 8 and a half weeks summer holiday and had only been back 2 weeks - doesn't stop them in a normal year when they have had over 7 weeks off - they go back to school and less than 2 weeks later they have a bank holiday - it's weird!

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:19:54

I used to live in Scotland. How did this weird bank holiday policy escape me?

squoosh - yes, that's been my attitude to all these royal holidays we've been having over the last few years grin

topsyturner Mon 24-Sep-12 20:22:10

My DH is Fearghal , and I never hear any babies called that ?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:37:31

I never really noticed until I moved to central scotland - now notice all the different holidays all around me.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 22:19:25

Thanks for the feedback on Conn. Was pretty lukewarm anyway but this has definitely put me off.

Thanks for all the help, everyone.

DamsonJam Mon 24-Sep-12 22:32:04

I love the name Oisin (don't know how to do the fada - sorry) - if we had had a boy I was torn between that and Shay as a name. Also like:

Kormachameleon Mon 24-Sep-12 22:32:26

Seamus ?

rainbow2000 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:37:13

Rian there should be a fada over the i.Its pronounced REEN.Irish for Ryan goes well with your other name.

AThingInYourLife Wed 26-Sep-12 18:42:37

Rian has two (or 1.5) syllables.


not Reen

LizLemon007 Wed 26-Sep-12 19:42:45

Sounds like somebody from northern Ireland saying rain!

[am I in trouble for saying that?] grin

mathanxiety Thu 27-Sep-12 06:27:45

Conn is fantastic imho.
I think Daithi otoh would be something of a puzzle for English people.

How about
Luan (like the day)
Ruadhán (pr Roo-awn)
Moling - ancient Irish saint (pr Mow-ling)
Laserian - ancient Irish saint; the name refers to light

<LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:17:49
scythe?! is that what English people hear?

LizLemon007 Thu 27-Sep-12 08:04:37

Not mad about Conn OP. I hear 'artist' hanging in the air unsaid after it.

flowerygirl Fri 28-Sep-12 13:16:34

I love the name Lorcan!

oscarwilde Fri 28-Sep-12 13:33:30

Pearce (rather than Pierce)

Dualta Tue 02-Oct-12 19:31:02

What about

Faolan (with a fada on final a, phone wont let me type it)
Maolseachlainnn (!)
Prionsias (!)

DrFalks Tue 02-Oct-12 23:31:30

Enda- love it

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:43:10

Enda would get Edna over here (Enda Bolger invariably referred to "jokily" as Edna on horse racing forums).

Conal, Cormac, Fintan, Padraig, Cian all great names. Particularly Cian and Fintan. There aren't enough Fintans in today's world. Goes well with Oisin too.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:51:38

There's Declan too.

CheerfulYank Wed 03-Oct-12 08:03:25

I love Declan (climbing here in the States now that we've overused Liam and Aidan to such a degree) or Deaglan.

I love Cormac and Conn, though you said you'd gone off that one.

I really like Cian and would know how to pronounce it despite being American because there's a Nora Roberts character called that. blush

Padraig is rather sweet. Eoghan?

mwah79 Thu 17-Jan-13 17:08:45

What did you go for. We have Niall and Eoin in London. Feel a bit bad for Eoin but we thought we were moving home and it didn't work out. Also both DS's were named after relatives.

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