Irish or short, classic (?) girls name inspiration needed

(34 Posts)
Blanketsandpillows Tue 29-Jan-13 09:35:27

We have not found a single girls name that we both like! We still have plenty of time but would love to have a list of possibilities-at the moment we have zero! I think ideally it would be either a name like Katie or Anna (I don't know how to describe those names!) or an Irish name. We wouldn't want the name to be longer than two syllables....and i guess nothing 'fancy'!
Any inspiration out there?
Names which are close but not quite right for us are; Aoife, Niamh, Emer, Mary, Lucy, Orla, Hannah, Sarah, Roisin, Emma, Ellen, Lily, Dara....

JoanHarris Tue 29-Jan-13 10:51:28

Love Róisín here are some other irish girl ones:
Áine
Nuala
Sorcha
Gráinne
Maireád
English ones I like are Constance (Connie), Frances, Grace, Sally.

BeaWheesht Tue 29-Jan-13 10:52:55

Ailish
Aoife
Mairead

flyingsprocket Tue 29-Jan-13 11:02:42

Aisling
Caoimhe
Saoirse

TakingTheStairs Tue 29-Jan-13 11:10:37

Tara
Ciara
Sorcha
Grainne
Fiona

AbsintheMinded Tue 29-Jan-13 11:15:38

Deirdre
Sive / Sibhe (I've seen both spellings)
Siofra
Maeve / Méabh
Moira
Síobhan

Erin. Some people spell it Erinn. Its irish and classic and two syllables. smile

We loved this for DD2 but it didnt suit her in the end.

JoanHarris Tue 29-Jan-13 11:32:41

Sorry Mairéad had fáda in wrong place

PhyllisDoris Tue 29-Jan-13 11:33:30

I knew a Briege. I love that name.

BikeRunSki Tue 29-Jan-13 11:34:31

Emer is Irish
Niamh

Emma

wigglesrock Tue 29-Jan-13 20:59:05

Bronagh, Cara, Eve

Maryz Tue 29-Jan-13 21:05:07

Another vote for Síofra - easy to spell and pronounce.

mathanxiety Tue 29-Jan-13 23:33:41

Classic names:

Rachel
Laura
Alice
Eva
Clara
Lara
Frances
Edith
Esme
Daphne

Irish names:
Fionnuala or Finola (maybe a bit long?)
Beibhinn (pr Bevin)
Caoilfhionn
Aoibheann
Ailbhe
Cara
Cliona/Cliodhna
Muireann
Doireann
Eithne (pr either Enya or Eth-neh)
Enda (unisex)
Nessa or Neassa
Nola (short for Fionnuala or Finola)
Nora (short for Honora/Onora)
Una
Riona

DessieLou Wed 30-Jan-13 02:57:40

Lauren
Sophie
Marie
Alexa
Leila
Una
Hayley
Jenny
Naomi
Neva/Niva
Noa
Megan
Bethan
Mia/Maya /Mya

anonymosity Wed 30-Jan-13 03:09:25

SHORT names I agree these are lovely - Orla, Una, Aine (pronounced onya)

wiltingfast Wed 30-Jan-13 08:12:36

Sinead (shinaid)
Eilish (ileesh)
Aoibhinn (aaveen)
Brid is how you spell briege above. Fada on the i.

Enda is a boy's name! Never heard it attached to a girl.

Lisa
Judith
Julia
Sarah
Ruth
Mary
Janis
Jane
Colette

wiltingfast Wed 30-Jan-13 08:14:10

And Erin is gaelic for Ireland, not an irish name as such.

A ladt has just started in our office called Feirin - I have never heard it before but loved it.

lady

Its a gaelic word used as a name. How isnt it irish? hmm

flyingsprocket Wed 30-Jan-13 08:50:35

Erin is a Gaelic word used as a name by Americans. So yes, you can say it's an Irish name as its in the Irish language but it's not a traditional Irish name as such grin

A little bit like Coleen which is derived from Cailín (meaning girl) used more by expats than Irish people.

DarwinGirl Wed 30-Jan-13 08:58:44

Aoibhinn us actually pronounced Eve-een. 'Aoi' produces an 'ee' sound as in Aoife.

PuffPants Wed 30-Jan-13 09:05:58

Erin is a beautiful name.

HoneyandRum Wed 30-Jan-13 10:29:47

Nancy
Naomi (opps 3 syllables)
Betty
Clare
Bridget

atthewelles Wed 30-Jan-13 15:30:14

Aine is actually pronounced Awn-ya and is the Irish for Anne.

I agree Erin is not actually an Irish name and would be considered quite an American type name over here.

Other Irish names you might like to consider are:

Enya
Nessa
Muireann (pronounced Mwirann)

I'm not sure if it's Irish but Moya is a name you hear reasonably often over here and would be a change from Maya and Mia. It's often used as a nn for Mary-Anne.

ludog Wed 30-Jan-13 15:54:50

Moya and Enya are the Donegal pronunciations of Máire and Eithne.

Blanketsandpillows Wed 30-Jan-13 20:35:38

Thank you! Some interesting food for thought here. I think I might be leaning towards the Irish names now. Nessa, Doireann and maybe Una are now on my list (just need to convince DH!). I have just suggested Doireann to my non-Irish DH and he said 'no way'- I don't think we'll ever find a name we both like!

iheartmycat Wed 30-Jan-13 21:01:52

Iris? Not Irish but the only iris,s I,ve known have been Irish!

HoneyandRum Wed 30-Jan-13 21:20:10

Helen

elah11 Wed 30-Jan-13 21:30:07

Laoise (Lee-sha)
Rioghna (Ree-uh-na)
Realtin cant do fadas on phone but there is one over the I, means little star (Rayl-teen or Ray-al-teen)
Tierna (Tee-erna)

3boysgirlontheway Thu 31-Jan-13 00:56:31

Fiadh (pronounced like Mia) I think it's very pretty.

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 03:07:36

Want to add Tess(a) and Miriam to the classic names from earlier.

atthewelles Thu 31-Jan-13 10:11:51

Naoise (pronounched Neesha)
Ailbhe (pronounced either Alva or Ayl-va)
Aifric (pronounced Afrik)

sneeders Thu 31-Jan-13 12:17:49

caitlin?

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