Ruairidh or Rory

(80 Posts)
smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:29:21

Pronounced the same....roar ree
hubby is a Scot, live in England.

smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:29:53

What do you think? Thoughts all appreciated :-)

prefer the second one

If you are living in England temporarily, by all means go with Ruairidh, but if you are planning to stay south of the border, go with Rory. Especially as you don't say you are bothered either way.

harleyd Thu 04-Apr-13 17:31:19

like the name, but the other spelling is way too bizarre for my liking

popperdoodles Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:28

Rory will be so much easier for him. If you spell it the first way you are setting him up to either having it spelt wrong or spelling it out for the rest of his life.

Lepreporn Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:36

I know a baby ruairí. Pronounced the same as Rory. I'm Irish. I prefer the Rory spelling though .

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:48

If you plan on staying in England, Rory I think.

daimbardiva Thu 04-Apr-13 17:33:04

Rory. If the pronunciation is the same there's no need to give your boy a name which he'll spend his whole life spelling out to others...

Love the name though smile

YeahBuddy Thu 04-Apr-13 17:34:00

I have a Ruairidh, we live in England. Prepare to have lots of people go confusedconfusedconfused if you plan to spell it that way. But saying that, I absolutely adore his name and wouldn't have it spelt the other way grin

bassingtonffrench Thu 04-Apr-13 17:38:25

rory is a lovely name. I couldn't cope with the other version though.

Bunbaker Thu 04-Apr-13 17:39:52

As everyone else has said. It wouldn't occur to me to pronounce Ruaridh as Rory.

smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:39:57

We're quote keen for him to have a sense of his Scottish heritage but we will be staying down here most likely. His middle name will be very English. Thanks for the comments! Had seen the Irish spelling too and several others!
Especially thanks Yeahbuddy. How old is your Ruairidh?

weebarra Thu 04-Apr-13 17:40:11

I love Ruairidh and know a few - couldn't use it for DC3 as DH is dyslexic and would have issues with the vowels!
People will have problems spelling it but unless your DS is going to be called Tom someone will always have difficulty with it!

Viviennemary Thu 04-Apr-13 17:42:17

Not that bizarre spelling. It would be a nightmare.

BalloonSlayer Thu 04-Apr-13 17:44:10

I know someone with a grown up son called Ruairidh and she told me he is so fed up with no one being able to spell his name that he has given up and just spells it Rory.

However, I have noticed that Rory seems to be being used as a girl's name in the US (like Robin) so if that bothers you, you might find the other spelling useful.

weebarra Thu 04-Apr-13 17:44:48

Vivienne - not bizarre. Gaelic.

dancemom Thu 04-Apr-13 17:47:06

Ruairidh isn't pronounced as Rory though

Ruairidh is pronounced Roo-are-thee or Roo-are-eee as its Gaelic

If I saw Ruairidh I wouldn't pronounce it like Rory.

dancemom Thu 04-Apr-13 17:48:04

And yes I'm a Scottish Gaelic speaker!

Thewhingingdefective Thu 04-Apr-13 17:50:15

I like Ruairidh best. I have already baggsied it for DS3 if we ever have one. Roo for short.

ithaka Thu 04-Apr-13 17:51:06

I was going to say - I wouldn't pronounce Ruairidh and Rory the same.

We have a Ruari in our family. We are Scottish, but it is spelled Ruari - so pronounced Roo-are-ee, but easier to spell than the Gaelic.

beanandspud Thu 04-Apr-13 17:51:23

I love the traditional spelling and we had it on our list (DH is Scottish but we live in England).

In the end we decided that since we were unlikely to go back to Scotland DS would have a lifetime of hmmconfusedhmm and went for something completely different.

weebarra Thu 04-Apr-13 17:51:36

Yes dancemom, was going to say that there's a little bit of a difference between the two.

DH is Irish, but we went with the anglicised Rory for DS2. Unfortunately, thanks to that sodding racing car, it is often spelled Roary around here. Gives me The Rage it does <mutters>

BourbonsAndTea Thu 04-Apr-13 17:58:33

I used to know a Ruaridh. He was very proud of his name.. maybe a little precious.. and insisted it was pronounced Rou-ree. I also remember someone joking that his parents might have sneezed while signing the birth cert. Having said that I like the more unusual Ruaridh spelling smile

thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 17:58:59

I'd go with Rory as I'd find it too annoying to have everyone spell the other version wrongly.

GW297 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:13:35


forgetmenots Thu 04-Apr-13 18:14:11

Agree with dancemom. Ruairidh for me but then that's because I'm of the 'I have a dead common name that no one can spell' brigade. Might as well get the damn name right, and if it's roh-ry you want, spell it Rory, if you want the other pronunciation - got to be Ruairidh!

forgetmenots Thu 04-Apr-13 18:16:19

And aye, weebarra. Well said.
English has the most bizarre spelling system of any language I've encountered. Ruairidh for a Gaelic speaker is entirely phonetic.

Catchingmockingbirds Thu 04-Apr-13 18:17:47

I know a couple of Ruairidh's but their names are pronounced roo-ry. I love the spelling but if your dc will be staying down south you should probably go with the second spelling.

Helspopje Thu 04-Apr-13 18:23:10

V surprised by the responses - I wouldn't have dreamed of using the anglicised version!
Then again, i did name my DD2 Eilidh and we have no intention of ever heading back north of the border.

Bunbaker Thu 04-Apr-13 18:26:54

How do you pronounce Eilidh?

BalloonSlayer Thu 04-Apr-13 18:27:38

so how come the dh in Ruairidh is pronounced "ee"

and the dh in Eilidh is pronounced "sh"

if Gaelic is entirely phonetic?

[gonna regret asking this emoticon]

meala Thu 04-Apr-13 18:31:37

Eilidh is not pronounced with a "sh" sound. It would be like Ailie or Ay-ley.

YeahBuddy Thu 04-Apr-13 18:33:23

He is 17 months op and his twin also has a Celtic/gaelic name. I knew about the difference in pronunciation but we just say it how you would say Rory because it flows better with his middle name and I tend to use both names together. Poor kid is going to hate me when he goes to school gringrin

smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:39:18

Funnel enough we just had the conversation about different pronunciation.....I think I tonight that his Scottish family would say roo .ar ee and English just rory.
Thanks for all of your comma tsunami though!

BabsAndTheRu Thu 04-Apr-13 18:43:17

We have a Ruairidh pronounced the Gaelic way hence the user name, if you want it pronounced as Rory use Rory.

smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:46:33

I'm not drunk I promise. It's just predictive text and not checking my posts. Slightly hysterical now at those typos.!

Coro Thu 04-Apr-13 18:47:46

I know an adult Rauri. Said as Rory. Perhaps a compromise on spelling but still unusual. People still mess up the spelling though and it frustrates him.

BalloonSlayer Thu 04-Apr-13 19:00:19

Oh I am sorry I thought Eilidh was pronounced Eye-lish.

I used to know a lady with a name pronounced Eilish with that spelling, although even as I type I seem to recall it was a lot more long and complicated than Eilidh.

Sorry to confuse matters blush

forgetmenots Thu 04-Apr-13 19:12:46

No probs balloonslayer, Eilish and Eilidh look very similar and often get confused even up here smile

exoticfruits Thu 04-Apr-13 19:15:03

Rory so that people can spell it.

I also know a Ruaraidh to add to the confusion - pronounced Roo are ee though.

smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 20:14:52

Now I am confused. Who knew there were so many spellings and proununciations!? How do we choose?

forgetmenots Thu 04-Apr-13 20:30:50

Same as a lot of names, Ruaraidh/Ruairidh and the simplified Ruaridh are the Gaelic versions and have different spellings, no rights or wrongs in what you pick but are pronounced roo-ar-ee. Rory is 'roar-ee'. Ruairi is the Irish variation of Ruairidh.

(Don't let it out you off either name, think of the amount of ways you can spell Katherine! No one moans about that, and I can assure you names like that are a bigger pain in the arse smile )

If you want to call him Rory - then just spell it Rory would be my advice. If you are in England no-one very few people will be able to pronounce the Gaelic spelling and in Scotland we'll all say Roo are ee,

My OH wanted to spell my son's name Creag as that's the gaelic - I put my foot down and we have Craig. He got his way with our younger son though - I got the name I wanted and he got to spell it. rbf I do prefer the spelling we have now but he never gets his name spelled correctly or pronounced correctly either.

forgetmenots Thu 04-Apr-13 20:42:16

Btw I agree with soontobeslender that if the name you like is Rory, spell it that way, it's only if you're hoping for the 'roo' pronunciation I would stick with the Gaelic name. not a hard liner honest grin

working9while5 Thu 04-Apr-13 20:51:53

I have a Rory who could have been a Ruairi but I would see the latter as Rooree and it would irritate me that it would have to be explained so Rory it is. He is called Roryroo round these parts at nine months though!

Annakin31 Fri 05-Apr-13 00:26:27

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BabsAndTheRu Fri 05-Apr-13 09:24:14

Agree with Annakin, totally different names.

lljkk Fri 05-Apr-13 09:39:02


smiler389 Fri 05-Apr-13 12:26:21

Aaaagh! Guess the old argument about keeping it all a secret makes sense in this situation. Everyone will have their opinion wwhatever we name him and however we choose to pronounce it!

MrsGazza Tue 21-May-13 17:27:33

Hi smiler, just noticed this thread and wanted to comment.

I'm due in 9 days and if we have a boy we are going for Rory Michael.
Hubby is English, I'm Welsh but we live in Scotland. Love the name so much. I had always thought they would be pronounced the same but obviously not-Rory is still our option and felt our non Scottish friends and family would cope better with this spelling.

Good luck!

ipswitch Tue 21-May-13 17:38:43


EarlGreyTeabag Tue 21-May-13 17:46:36

Rory here too - I have one smile & I love the name. Still suits him 16 years later.

olivertheoctopus Tue 21-May-13 21:06:33

If you're in England then Rory or it will be a nightmare.

williaminajetfighter Tue 21-May-13 21:12:39

Rory. I spent 10 years in Scotland and got so bored with everyone giving their children very traditional names. Not that the names weren't lovely, it just got a bit predictable. Ruaridh was one of the most popular.

DinoSnores Wed 22-May-13 12:08:02

I was going to tell you about the pronunciation as well but have been beaten to it. Ruairidh is more said "Roo-uh(almost a half syllable)-ree" rather than "Roh-ray". I like the Gaelic spelling, but it will make life challenging!

voucherprocon Wed 22-May-13 20:26:36

Ruairidh. Sounds like Brewery but with out the B. Much nicer sound than Rory

starfishmummy Wed 22-May-13 20:51:49

I like the gaelic spelling, in fact I would have liked it for ds, but dh didn't like it and ds has a very different name.
But I think you have to be prepared for people not knowing how to pronounce oe spell it.

wiltingfast Wed 22-May-13 21:09:12

Fgs! please RORY! unless you are actually gaelic speaking

And fwiw I'd pronounce the first one ruri and the other roari

But who cares! Fact it's so debateable should put you off ;)

nervy555 Mon 03-Jun-13 18:20:35

Bumping this as I'm still in turmoil. Wilting fast that's pretty much what I'm thinking at the mo. Problem is dh is set on it. But I know that all English family and friendswill ppronounce it roar-ree which wont bother me I dont think but does it make it pointless as a name /spelling. Aaargh. I know we have to decide ourselves but im kind of hoping so eone might share an experience that makes me stop worrying. :-/

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 18:50:59

Nervy if you want to call your boy roary, spell it Rory. That's correct, and no confusion.

If you want to call him roo-ri/roo-a-ri, call him Ruairidh. Many names are difficult to spell. It's not the big deal we all think it is when pg and I say that as someone who is due any day. People get used to it.

Not sure if you're the original OP with a name change!

notfluffy Mon 03-Jun-13 19:05:55

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Geeklover Mon 03-Jun-13 19:06:02

If it is going to be pronounced as roar please go with Rory.

Geeklover Mon 03-Jun-13 19:07:51

Hit post by mistake. As many have said the first one is not pronounced the same and to many is like a totally different name.
My ex and his lovely wife have a gorgeous Rhuairidh and my ex can't spell it. We are in Scotland as well so everyone is used to the fancy spellings.

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 19:34:18

Btw Ruaridh (that spelling) is in the top 100
Scottish names, doubt anyone in Scotland will struggle with that pronunciation these days - but I think if you prefer the 'roar' pronunciation then using the Gaelic spelling will cause confusion as it is a different name! :-)

Annaliveinalice Tue 04-Jun-13 04:31:07


squoosh Tue 04-Jun-13 11:47:36

I love the name Rory.

Hate the sound of Ruairidh though, it actually makes my skin prickle when I hear it, I dislike it that much.

As far as I'm aware

Ruairidh - Irish
Ruaridh - Scots Gaelic
Rory- anglicised version of both

forgetmenots Tue 04-Jun-13 12:48:35

Squoosh Ruairidh - Scottish Gaelic (the Irish ones I know are Ruairi, but that could be something else entirely).

Ruaridh is the most common Scottish spelling but is technically a wee bit of a misspelling, very pedantic

I like both pronunciations actually, good names - weird one though if it's not in a Scottish or Irish accent I think :-)

forgetmenots Tue 04-Jun-13 12:48:51

Ps can't type fadas...

Festen Thu 13-Jun-13 20:29:27

Spotted this thread because my brother's name is Ruarigh (a spelling I don't think has been mentioned on here) and it is definitely not pronounced ''Ror-ee", it's "Rurr-ee". At primary school he got fed up of teachers not being able to pronounce it and it was shortened to Ruari. I've always loved his name and don't think people's ignorance of the pronounciation or spelling should stop you choosing it. Go for Ruairidh!

MummyPig24 Fri 14-Jun-13 13:44:04

I prefer Rory. It's a great name.

Gooseysgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 14:04:03


DeTamble Sat 17-Aug-13 14:20:33

My son's name is Ruairidh, it's a lovely name. He does get called Rory a lot, and I let the few friends and family who can't spell it call him Rory on his birthday cards and such. It's no big deal, and the people who know how to say and spell it right do.

For my next son I'm considering the name Chattan (the h is silent).

Shrugged Sat 17-Aug-13 14:43:00

Ruairidh, definitely.

FrauGrau Sat 17-Aug-13 19:37:56

If you live in Scotland, Ruaridh will be pronounced Rooory. If you live in England no one will know how to pronounce it. Either way, it is way too hard to spell. If you wan to call him Rory, That's the way to spell it.

NorthernObserver Wed 25-Sep-13 17:06:35

I'm always disappointed to read comments like FrauGau's, way to hard to spell.................... I bet you wouldn't say this to ....lets not go there.

If I can't spell someones name I ask politely. We have a Ruairidh, when you spell it it has a lovely lilt to it.

He's been called Rudi & Rooney , normally on holiday, and some folk who just say Rory (though completely different) and we don't get hung up on spelling

Wait till the laddie arrives you'll know what name suits him.

EvenBetter Thu 26-Sep-13 10:37:05


NorthernObserver Tue 01-Oct-13 16:34:32

very welcoming

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