Girl names help needed! (Possibly Celtic?).

(55 Posts)
aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 00:30:14

Not getting anywhere with names! Any help woud be much appreciated smile

Here are some we like, but none are "the one". Can you think of any along these lines? (DD will have Welsh, Scottish, English, Irish & Estonian heritage. Doesn't necessarily have to be any of these though!)

Eira
Sioned
Arianwen
Mhari
Mari
Marianne
Roisin
Sian
Cerys
Carys
Ceridwen
Etta
Esme

For DS I read 8 baby names books before finding "the one". His name is Scottish and fairly unusual in the UK, although the Irish version is pretty well known in Ireland.

Just done one book so far this time! Can you save me from having to read the other 7?!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 24-Jan-13 02:35:05

Sorcha meaning 'bright' (Dorca for 'dark)
Brianna meaning 'strong one' or 'exalted'.

rosiesmartypants Thu 24-Jan-13 03:09:33

Siobhan
Erin
Niamh

DessieLou Thu 24-Jan-13 03:17:20

I know a Scottish lady called Triona (pronounced tree owner). Other suggestions...
Isla
Eilidh (pronounced Hailey without the h)
Catriona
Brea/bria (can't remember gaelic spelling, it involves GH somewhere!)
Bethan
Keeva (again can't remember correct spelling! Someone will correct me I'm sure but it starts Caom... :-S )

berri Thu 24-Jan-13 03:20:56

Caoimhe smile

DessieLou Thu 24-Jan-13 06:16:18

<slaps forehead > that's it! Thanks Gerri! :-D

DessieLou Thu 24-Jan-13 06:18:13

bloody autocorrect. Thanks berri!

MoppingMummy Thu 24-Jan-13 06:40:29

I love Mairi.

Or Nia / Nyah

PPT Thu 24-Jan-13 06:53:27

Iona
Rhona

OrangeLily Thu 24-Jan-13 07:01:38

Kathleen
Sorcha
Soircha (ser sha)

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 09:55:16

Some lovely suggestions here, keep em coming! smile

I absolutely love Nia. Only problem is DS's name is her lover in the legends! (The Scottish version of the name). It'd be like calling your DCs Romeo and Juliet so I think that's out grin

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 09:56:46

MoppingMummy do you say it Varry or Marry?

MrsBungleBear Thu 24-Jan-13 10:00:41

Orla

rubytutu Thu 24-Jan-13 10:01:53

Saoirse
Grainne
Roisin
Aoife

Eithne is top of my hypothetical girl list.

LadyofWinterfell Thu 24-Jan-13 10:15:23

Meron. It's ancient Scot and means 'Beloved'. DD1 is Merren!

airedailleurs Thu 24-Jan-13 10:15:47

Aoife

www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Aoife

Aoife \ao(i)-fe\ as a girl's name is pronounced EE-fya. It is of Scottish, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Aoife is "beautiful, radiant". From "aoibh" meaning beauty. The name has also been associated with Esuvia, a Gaulish goddess, and was borne by several heroines in ancient Irish legend. Eva is the anglicized form.
Read more at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Aoife#buLUikVLySpTBGpm.99

weegiemum Thu 24-Jan-13 10:19:22

Eilidh
Morven
Morna
Iona
Catriona
Rowan
Breahda
Kirsteen

tethersend Thu 24-Jan-13 10:23:22

Faa

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 11:32:26

Meron's lovely, I'll have a think about that one ...

I think Brianna's nice, as is Briony, but then they remind me of the name "Brian" and that puts me off!

I was mulling over Rowan for a while but I think DP is not so keen.

Love Aoife and Siobhan but have friends with those names.

Aargh, this is hard!

TomDudgeon Thu 24-Jan-13 11:39:47

Eleri

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 11:53:31

Eleri's lovely, I did consider it for a while before, but somehow it's just not "the one"!

wigglesrock Thu 24-Jan-13 12:11:41

What about Cara?

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 12:12:51

Nice name but - I already know a little Cara too!

wigglesrock Thu 24-Jan-13 12:20:14

Emer/Eimear?

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 12:49:48

These are all getting close! They're names I've considered but rejected for one reason or another!

I love Emer.

However I'm not at all keen on the meaning. In legend, she was the wife of Cú Chulainn, who was repeatedly unfaithful to her, which she tolerated and remained faithful to him.

Wikipedia says " Emer's only jealousy came when he was entranced into love with Fand, wife of Manannán mac Lir, the king of the great sea ... She decided to kill her rival, but when she saw the strength of Fand's love for Cú Chulainn she decided to give him up to her. Fand, touched by Emer's magnanimity, decided to return to her own husband. Manannán shook his cloak between Cú Chulainn and Fand, ensuring the two would never meet again, and Cú Chulainn and Emer drank a potion to wipe the whole affair from their memories."

IIRC when he died she was so grief-stricken she died at his funeral and was buried with him.

That is not the kind of role model I want to be giving to my DD!

Mumsnet would be screaming LTB at the original Emer! grin

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 24-Jan-13 13:03:42

Skye.

WhitePeacock Thu 24-Jan-13 13:06:15

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RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 24-Jan-13 13:08:00

Meadb

My daughter has a friend, they are 15, really like it

(Mave)

Rhiannon
Rhian
Olwen
Bethan

MamaM22 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:59:28

What about Roise? Pronounced "Raw-sha"? I think it's lovely.

MamaM22 Thu 24-Jan-13 16:03:41

What about Roise, pronounced Raw-sha??

Cwtchbach Thu 24-Jan-13 16:07:34

The Welsh version of your son's name is also very popular in Wales. My DS has that name and my DD is Nia. I asked hundreds of people beforehand and only one had heard of the legend in Wales so I assumed it was safe enough to use. I had personally never heard it until I did my research and I grew up in Wales. It may be more well known in Scotland and Ireland though. Also we live in England so no one has heard the names let alone the legend.

Other suggestions:
Menna
Mabon
Iola - prn Yola
Einir
Elenud
Non
Eirlys

Cwtchbach Thu 24-Jan-13 16:12:15

Mabon is a boys name a meant to say Manon blush

amck5700 Thu 24-Jan-13 16:29:29

can't remember who asked, but Mairi is prn Marry, and Mhairi is Varry. I know someone who is simply Varry.

Ciara
Lorna
Tierney
Nairne

Shybairns Thu 24-Jan-13 16:35:48

Fiona

buzzy1 Thu 24-Jan-13 16:41:28

Una

SoggySummer Thu 24-Jan-13 16:48:43

Chloda
Caitriona
Isla
Caoimhe
Aideen
Rhian/Rhianwhen
Glenda
Brenna
Keera

harryhausen Thu 24-Jan-13 17:05:39

I grew up in N Wales. Just trying to remember all the people I knew from school...

Catrin
Anwen
Rhiannon
Nia
Seren
Gwenan

I think out of those I like Nia and Catrin bestsmile

aufaniae Thu 24-Jan-13 17:31:32

Cwtchbach DS's name is even less well known in Scotland than in Wales I think. Lovely names, both your DS and DD smile

Takver Thu 24-Jan-13 17:38:57

If you like Eleri and Eira what about Eilir or Enfys?

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Thu 24-Jan-13 17:39:45

Sylvie
Farrah
Mara
Hera
Phaedra
Merryn
Esma
Elvira
Agatha
Tanith
Agnes
Mildri (means 'mild and lovely' in old Norse)
Mavie
Fionnuala
Delphi
Audra
Ottoline
Fritha
Aelfwyn
Clytie/Klytie (nymph in love with sun god,means lovely one)
Idonea
Osanna
Elfreida
Affery
Iona
Nuala
Seren

Getting close?

TomDudgeon Thu 24-Jan-13 17:49:39

Cwtch
I think I may have been the one on here under a different name
I have a six year old Nia so know about Nia Ben aur

Turns out noone else know about it though so the combo is fine. At least they were lovers not enemies

Numbthumbs Fri 25-Jan-13 01:01:03

Erin

Mellymog Sat 26-Jan-13 12:46:40

We found out we're having DS2 yesterday. If it was a girl she would have been Iona.

murlo Sat 26-Jan-13 13:41:22

Regan (REE-gan)
Eibhleann or Eibhlin (literally the Irish form of Evelyn, pronounced the same way)
Cliodhna (CLAIN-ah)
Aisling (ASH-leen)

ZolaBuddleia Sat 26-Jan-13 22:42:58

Rua
Dearbhla

minkembra Sat 26-Jan-13 22:57:51

Catriona is not pronounced Ca tree owner, but everyone will pronounce it that way.
You have to hear it pronounced by a Gael, then it is lovely. More like Ca teree-in-na if you said the teree like a trill. NOt a good description you really have to hear it. Every time I hear the anglicised pronunciation I wince. sorry.

Ishbel
Lusaidh
Eilidh
Sioniadh
Ailbe
Kirsty
Morag
Moira
Aislin
Erin
Maoile

Re Marry or Varry
Mairi is the name, A'Mhairi is the vocative- (you say it to them but not about them) but these days Mhairi gets used as a name and pronounced Varry)
(like Seamas and Hamish etc.)

Mind you I can't talk. My lass is called Caitlin, we pronounce it Kate Lin but I think it is meant to be Katleen with a very soft t.

some of these names are hard work to get landed with though. A life time of spelling it out.

then there are some really bizarre Highland names:
Jamesina (ending pronounced eye nah)
Murdina
Williamina
Michaela
(are you seeing a pattern? ;-))

Lafaminute Sat 26-Jan-13 23:02:34

How about Romy if you like Rowan??
Or Eilidh (eye-lee)
or Eowyn (like the writer of "The Snow Child")

Lafaminute Sat 26-Jan-13 23:03:24

or Finn (I know a girl called Finn - common enough for boys but not girls!)

amck5700 Sat 26-Jan-13 23:04:14

minkembra - don't forget Donaldina, Douglasina, Angusina and Hamishina - all names I came across when doing a job that involved a lot of Highland customers - I am sure there were more but as it was nearly 30 years ago, they have slipped my mind smile

sparkle9 Sat 26-Jan-13 23:07:32

I know a Scottish Gaelic woman called Eoina (pronounced Ee-O-na). I love this name.

Also like Shona and there are some Gaelic spellings of this I think (Seonaidh?).

aufaniae Sat 26-Jan-13 23:32:19

[Grin] at Jamesina, Douglasina etc

DP's ancestors are lowlands IIRC so, much as I'd like to, I think I'll have to give those names a miss wink

aufaniae Sat 26-Jan-13 23:35:34

Romy's nice, I'll have a think about that one ...

amck5700 Sun 27-Jan-13 00:00:54

Tamar
Ciorstaidh (Kirsty)
Inez/Ineez
Fallon

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