Anne, Bridget or Siobhan

(102 Posts)
fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:01:04

Baby is due in just over a week and we still can't agree on a girl's name! Our shortlist consists of the above 3 names and I don't think we can really have Siobhan because dh and I pronounce it differently so the child would be confused!

Bridget might be a bit too Irish because we have an Irish 'O' surname.

Anne is nice and simple but still doesn't sound quite right to me having first name and a surname starting with a vowel. Probably the strongest contender though.

What do you think?

What about Anna? I just think it's a bit more stylish than Anne but nice and simple still.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 12:08:15

How about Aine? Pronounced Awn-ya? Still Irish but like Anna?

I personally love Bridget. Not so keen on Siobhan and like Anna a lot - a beautiful, classic name. I love Aine too though!

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 12:10:05

Gah, just seen that it's Anne you have not Anna - I do like Anne a lot (with an 'e'). Still prefer Aine wink

I think Anne & an O' surname work well.

ProfondoRosso Fri 31-Jan-14 12:11:01

Oh, I love Bridget. It was my grandmother's (dad's mum) name and she was such a gentle lady, from Derry.

I was going to be Bridget, but ended up being named after my other granny.

I know it's not one of your names, but what do you think of Aisling (Ash-ling)? It's my sister's partner's name and I love it.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:16:16

Yes, Anna is quite nice. Had also considered Annie but that sounds too twee imo, Anna is nicer. I'll put it to dh later.

I love the name Aine written down but didn't know how to pronounce it! Not sure I like the sound of it and I'm sure I'd have to constantly be telling people how to spell it - I already have that problem with my surname!

Penny6Pence Fri 31-Jan-14 12:17:25

How can you pronounce Siobhan differently?? There's only pronunciation.

Penny6Pence Fri 31-Jan-14 12:18:16

ONE pronunciation!!

You say it on-ya. One of my best friends is called it and is Irish living in the UK. She has a nightmare with people calling her "Anne", "Aynee", "Ayne"'s such a nice name but I personally wouldn't inflict the pronunciation issues on a child.

NigellasDealer Fri 31-Jan-14 12:20:11

shi - von or shi - vorn I suppose.
Bridget is an excellent name!
Aine is like Onya with the O sound a little longer

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:21:25

ProfondoRosso I love Aisling but dh doesn't! That would actually be top of my list.

I do really like Bridget as well - we'd probably shorten to Bridie. Just sounds so typically Irish that I think it might sound over the top for an English child.

Wow those names are quite different to one another.

Anne, im not keen on, but like longer versions - Anna, Annie, Anastasia.

Siobhan I am really not keen on.

Really love Bridget, and Id pick this of your three.

What about Aoife (Ee-fah)?

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:23:52

That's right NigellasDealer - dh says Shi-von and I say Shi-vorn. I don't like it when it's prounounced Shi-von!

I do think that Aine would cause confusion in England.

akachan Fri 31-Jan-14 12:24:48

Bridget is probably my favourite name but it's my cat's name so I couldn't use it!

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:25:02

Aoife is out MyNameIs because we have a family member with that name already. Nice though.

NigellasDealer Fri 31-Jan-14 12:26:08

hahaha 'Bridie' I call my dd that, short for 'Bride of chucky' -
Bridget/Bridie are fine names, and England and Ireland are so mixed up with each other, i do not think it matters.

PeterParkerSays Fri 31-Jan-14 12:26:54

Bridget, it's a lovely name as is Bridie

bassingtonffrench Fri 31-Jan-14 12:36:26

all lovely names and quite different to each other and also to the most popular names today.

Bridget is fab. there aren't enough of them.

Anne is also fab. I prefer it to Anna in the sense I think it is more unusual and I like single syllable names. I think the double vowel thing is irrelevant in this case. You are lucky to have an 'O' surname! it always sounds so good!

Siobhan is nice but it is a bit 80s for my tastes

ToffeeJungle Fri 31-Jan-14 12:43:14

I like Bridget out of those 3.

Though Anna would be better!

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 12:44:02

I'm Irish and not especially keen on your names OP - sorry. They feel quite dated to me but they may be just because I know several much older Annes and Bridgets and many Siobhans of my age (late 30s).

Anne is my favourite of the three but I much prefer Annie or Anna.

Aine is pronounced Awn-ye (at least in my part of the country, think its pronounced On-ye a bit further north) but I agree it could cause problems outside of Ireland.

I'm currently living abroad and people really struggle with Irish names, but there are some lovely, fairly phonetic and younger-feeling options. Have you considered:

Síofra (pron. She-uh-fra but the 'uh' is barely there)
Aifric (pron. Afric - my favourite but DH says no sad )
Niamh (pron. Neve, so not all that phonetic but more common in the UK now)
Sive (pron. to rhyme with Dive and you can spell it Sadhbh but if you're in the UK, I probably wouldn't)
Neasa or Nessa (another favourite of mine)

Best of luck

Mrswellyboot Fri 31-Jan-14 12:45:00

I wouldn't advise going for siobhan then producing it with vom ending.

What about Sinead ?

Anne is pretty and timeless

Mrswellyboot Fri 31-Jan-14 12:45:37


NigellasDealer Fri 31-Jan-14 12:45:53

I like Afric....

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 12:46:06

My phone did something ugly to Siofra - it's supposed to have a fada on the i

tortoisesarefab Fri 31-Jan-14 12:46:41

i love anna, how about orla?

GlitzAndGiggles Fri 31-Jan-14 12:51:12

I love Irish names they're so pretty! My fave in your list is Siobhan. Also love Niamh and Sinead! I have a relative called Sinead who's half Irish and people always used to spell it as 'shinade' lmao

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 12:51:45

Aladlovelace our dd is Maeve! Chosen because we lived in the UK at the time and English people in particular struggle with Irish names (eg Shi-vorn sounds totally wrong to me!) so wanted something that worked abroad.

We live in the states now and I find people are better at pronouncing them. So Siofra will be back on the list for a girl when we get around to that for DC3! Along with cliona...

OP, Bridie is super old lady to me. My mum (late 70s) has 3 bridge friends called Bridie. I prefer Bridget.

MrsBungle Fri 31-Jan-14 12:56:01

I don't think it matters if you and your dh pronounce a name slightly differently if it is because of accent.

We have an orla. I pronounce it orr la (Scottish) and dh pronounces it aw la (English) she is not at all confused.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:56:18

ada you're right - they are quite old fashioned but I think that's why I like those names. Maeve is ok but not keen on the others - they sound very harsh to me - and think they would be difficult for people to pronounce/spell here. Niamh is very popular in dcs school so that puts me off it. Couldn't go for Nessa because of Gavin & Stacey!!

I like Mary a lot but that is name of a family member so it's out. Same goes for Marie, which I also like.

Don't like Sinead - it reminds me of Sinead O'Connor and a girl at school I didn't like!

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 12:56:59

Nice choices, Flipfantasia. Doesn't Siofra mean 'little fairy' or something equally adorable? Maeve is gorgeous and such a brilliant role model. I have two friends with baby Maeves, otherwise I'd be pushing for it with this one.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 13:00:04

Both Orla and Maeve fall into the 'I like but not enough for the shortlist' category for me.

MrsBungle the difference in pronunciation is not down to accent with us - we just prefer different ways of saying it!

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 13:00:35

It's such a subjective thing, fatfingers. Go with what you love - having said Bridget is dated, I've just remembered I know one under 10, and she really wears it well. Damn Gavin and Stacey anyway.

HahaHarrie Fri 31-Jan-14 13:05:57

Bridget or Anne. I like the nn Bridie or Annie too if you go down either of those routes.

Good luck!

TinyPawz Fri 31-Jan-14 13:08:27

M�ir�ad (Ma-raid)
Deirbhile? (Derv-la)

I like Siobhan from your list

TinyPawz Fri 31-Jan-14 13:09:17

what the flip...

Mairead (with fadas or not over 1st A and I)

NigellasDealer Fri 31-Jan-14 13:09:40

no offence but some of these hardcore Irish names are just fugly - what about Roisin? that is a pretty name and it means 'little rose'.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 13:21:10

I like Roisin a lot Nigellas but a friend has just had a baby and called her Roisin so that's out.

Don't like Mairead and Dervla falls into the Orla/Maeve category for me smile

It's just so difficult to decide, especially as (if its a girl) this will be dd3 and you're right ada - I need to go with what I love but I don't love any girls names any more. With a stroke of luck this one will be a boy - we have quite a few boys names we like!

GlitzAndGiggles Fri 31-Jan-14 13:31:53

I also met a Clodagh at playgroup. I love it

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 13:41:39

If it's any consolation, there is a Roisin where I live now and she gets called everything but Roisin....Roe-sin, Roz-in, Raisin...

I have a friend with a little Clodagh who lives in London, and she doesn't seen to have any problems with people mangling it.

What about Una? Not totally beloved by me but easy to pronounce and spell and quite vintagey.

Can you hint at your other DDs names without outing yourself?

BlueStarsAtNight Fri 31-Jan-14 13:43:27

I love Bridget. Anne is quite nice, though prefer Anna (Anne prob better with an 'O' surname though). I really don't like Siobhan.

I'm not sure how you can think Bridget is too Irish but Siobhan is not! I wouldn't think of Bridget as an Irish name any more than I would in I know it's been popular in Ireland but I'd still think of it as just a name without a specific nationality.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 13:46:25

Oh, my gran aunt was called Birdie. I think I could happily live with a little Birdie (full name Bridget).

Thurlow Fri 31-Jan-14 13:48:31

As the first one on your list, and being pretty young for the name... Well, everyone expects me to be at least 60! I think it's the "e", Ann has been more common for the past few decades.

ProfondoRosso Fri 31-Jan-14 13:49:07

Ah, my granny's nickname was Bridie, fatfingers. It's a lovely nn. smile

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 13:50:48

Lol at Raisin ada! Do you pronounce Clodagh as it is spelt (clod-a)? That sounds like "clodhopper" to me grin. Not loving Una because the 2 Unas I've known haven't been very nice. I like Tara and Kerry but dh doesn't.

DD1 is Ciara. DD2 has an old fashioned Scottish name (quite unusual). Both names are 2 syllables and end with a.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 13:51:52

Bluestars, there was a St Brigid who was one of the mist powerful women in ancient Ireland - she founded a monastery in the 5th century which was pretty kick ass for those times. So there is a strong association with Ireland, and even if you're not religious (which I'm not), she was a good role model. Think I'm Team Bridget now, OP

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 13:56:00

Love Ciara. You need to find another name like that.

Clodagh is Cloh-dah. Think it's one of those names that sounds way prettier than it looks. What about Caoimhe? Horribly unphonetic,'s pronounced Kwee-va. And is probably too similar to Ciara. This is HARD.

tobiasfunke Fri 31-Jan-14 13:56:47

Bridget just reminds me of the phrase 'Brace yourself Bridget'.

How about Erin?

bridgetsmum Fri 31-Jan-14 13:59:47

My dd is Bridget Anne so I may be a bit biased smile
Bridget is a great name. We call her B as a nn

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 14:05:16

bridgetsmum a woman after my own heart grin. Are you in England?

tobias I like Erin but again, its as popular as Niamh in dcs school so I find it a bit boring.

Yes ada Caoimhe sounds too much like Ciara. I love my dds names but just can't find a name that I feel the same about.

GlitzAndGiggles Fri 31-Jan-14 14:15:00

Yeah like clo-dah

MerryMarigold Fri 31-Jan-14 14:20:05

I love Bridie and I don't think it's too Irish. If you are in England, I don't think people would necessarily thing it was Irish! My dd has an Eaobha (or something like that) in her class. I thought she was Ava for ages, because that's how they say it. Her brother is Fionn.

MerryMarigold Fri 31-Jan-14 14:20:42

How about Frances. I am in love with name.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 31-Jan-14 14:25:26

Siobhan is the best name ever wink

I really love Bridget as a name for a girl. I have a cousin called Ailish which I think is a nice irish name.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 31-Jan-14 14:29:28

Just out of interest, how do you pronounce siobhan differently as I can't say I've experienced that apart from when people pronounce it phonetically. As a child people needed me to spell it out for them but as I've got older, most people know how to spell and say it properly.

MerryMarigold Fri 31-Jan-14 14:33:22

Hat, it's sometimes' von' and sometimes 'vorn' at the end.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 31-Jan-14 14:36:11

Ah I see, is it due to accents?

Anyway, my vote is Bridget, I love it.

YouGrateMyCheese Fri 31-Jan-14 14:43:30

Anne! I was just writing on another thread how refreshing it would be to meet a little Anne. The other two are also lovely, but I love the pure simplicity, history and strength of Anne.

ThisLittlePiggyStayedHome Fri 31-Jan-14 14:56:02

Caoimhe isn't "horribly unphonetic" at all, Ava. It's Irish, not English, so it follows different phonetic rules. Obviously.

dizhin79 Fri 31-Jan-14 14:56:44

definitely Bridget x

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 14:57:22

Love Bridget Anne!

OP, it's so hard - I think girl's names are extra hard! How about Emer/Eimear? This was on our list with DC 1 (a boy as it turned out) and we would have used the easier spelling of Emer.

I love Ciara - I have never met a Ciara I didn't like!

MillyONaire Fri 31-Jan-14 14:58:26

*How about Aine? Pronounced Awn-ya? Still Irish but like Anna?

I personally love Bridget. Not so keen on Siobhan and like Anna a lot - a beautiful, classic name. I love Aine too though!*

Ditto what was said above.

MillyONaire Fri 31-Jan-14 15:01:21

St Bridgets day is Feb 1st or 2nd so it'd be a very apt name if she is born around now....

HavantGuard Fri 31-Jan-14 15:04:53

I'm English with Irish roots. To me Bridget and Anne are names that are from the generation that dies about 10+ years ago, so maybe the equivalent of the 'granny chic' English names but without the popularity. I would expect Siobhan to be 35 - 45. My Irish family have, in Ireland, dropped all use of names that are considered Irish and, in England, have gone for more obscure Irish names with non anglicised spellings.

Juno77 Fri 31-Jan-14 15:08:52

Pronouncing Siobhan -vorn or -von is entirely an accent thing. Your child won't be confused!

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 16:03:22

I don't like Siobhan, it sounds really dated.

Áine is really boring.

Anne is okay if a bit plain.

Clodagh is nice.

I quite like Bridget but as the child will have an O' surname it may be a bit 'MY NAME IS BRIDGET O'FLAHERTY, I HAVE IRISH HERITAGE YOU KNOW'.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 16:22:19

Yes squoosh that's what has been putting me off Bridget tbh. A bit "try hard"? Interesting point about St Brigids Day though Milly - makes it quite appropriate.

Ailish is nice Whereismyhat but dh not keen.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 16:24:44

MerryMarigold I used to love Frances but I have noticed a sudden surge of baby "Frankies" in my home town lately and its totally put me off!

florascotia Fri 31-Jan-14 17:46:43

Bridget = very nice; there are also variations Brigid, Birgitta etc.

You can never go wrong with Anne.
There's the Welsh 'Anwen' (An-win = very fair/beautiful), too. And I like Armelle (Breton Celtic = princess).

Possibly too Irish, but what about Grania (Grawn-nya)?

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 17:51:20

Gráinne is far too similar to 'gránna', the Irish for ugly, for my liking.

JanePurdy Fri 31-Jan-14 17:51:27

Bridget is lovely.

invicta Fri 31-Jan-14 17:54:26



FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 18:06:43

I agree with Squoosh about graine.

Anwen is lovely - a new one on me. And pretty cool to have 3 dds with one name each from Scotland, Ireland & Wales!

NigellasDealer Fri 31-Jan-14 18:08:31

Grainne is a horrendous name sorry

Frontdoorstep Fri 31-Jan-14 18:14:48

I like Anne best, it's straightforward and there won't be that many Anne's these days.

fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 18:29:40

Anwen is really nice - I bet dh will say he doesn't like it! Really liking Ailish too - I want those 2 names on the shortlist now but dh says point blank no to Ailish because he knows one who is horrible hmm

Going to put Anwen to him and badger him some more about Ailish I think!

sarahquilt Fri 31-Jan-14 18:45:51

Brigid is the Irish spelling.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 19:29:02

I don't mean to be offensive, ThisLittlePiggy. I am Irish and love Irish names - my DS has one. I meant 'horribly unphonetic' in the context of non Irish speakers living outside of Ireland. I'm living in an English speaking country and have Irish friends with Irish names who get very tired of having to explain the pronunciation all the time.

OP, just occurred to me that Eithne might meet your vintagey brief? It's pronounced Eth (like the start of 'ethic') - ne. It's definitely a name of the older generation, but I could imagine it on a child.

Or Ailbhe (pron. Alva)?

LemongrassGinger Fri 31-Jan-14 19:36:37

Wow, has to be Anne. I prefer Annie or Anna, but I like Aine and the pronounciation is similar to Anya.

Siobhán is ok but I know way too many my own age to get excited about it. As a pp says, sinead has survived the ravages of the decades passing much better. Can imagine a baby Sinead but a baby Siobhan is a stretch. Or Mairead. Mairead is lovely.

Bridget is not my cup of tea. It's ok in itself but the risk of being called Biddy is just too real and too cruel.

Orla and Maeve are lovely simple Irish names. IMO

Siofra ok but did you know that the sheee part of Siofra has the same mean as bean si (banshee)

LemongrassGinger Fri 31-Jan-14 19:43:11

oh yes, Eithne is a great suggestion ! (Enya)

That is very pretty.

I know what you mean by horribly unphonetic. Giving your child a name that can be read phonetically by at most 3 million people is a decision to pause over imo.

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 19:46:12

Síofra means changeling. Can't imagine why anyone would want to name their child it.

What about:
Doireann (Dirr-in)
Aoibhinn (Ave-een)
Laoise (Lee-sha)

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 19:54:00

See the changeling/bean si connection/connotations of Siofra don't bother me at all. In fact, I love all the piseog stuff my granny used to come out with and all the fairy folk stories I grew up with (anyone else read any Patricia lynch as a child?). It would connect my (hypothetical) daughter to a great part of her maternal culture!

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:01

Sibéal (sh-bale)
Laoise (lee-sha)
Siún (shoon)
Eimear (ee-mur)
Sorcha (surrika)
Caoileann (kee-lin)
Eavan (ee-vun)
Líadhan (lee-uh-dun)

I love Iseult as suggested above though.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:27

Though thinking about it I prefer Siomha (fada on the i).

Sorry OP - newly pregnant and daydreaming about names! If your dh is tricky about Anwen just remind him who's about to give birth!!

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:45

Oh I loved Patricia Lynch! Blast from the past.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 20:06:06

Glad I wasn't the only one! I used brogeen as a nickname on our local message board (just outside NYC) in honour of her but everyone shortened it to 'bro' which was not cool! Already planning to pick up old copies off abebooks and read with the kids when they're old enough...

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:15:37

Loved Patricia Lynch - especially Sally from Cork.

Both she and her husband RM Fox were very cool people.

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:21:41

The Bookshop on the Quay was my favourite.

GinUtero Fri 31-Jan-14 20:28:22

My name is Anna and I'm really glad my parents gave me that name. Yes, it's only one letter different from Anne, but IMO Anne sounds plainer.

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:33:10

Grainne also v close to grainneog (hedgehog)

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:34:26

Squoosh as a matter of interest, how would you pronounce Iseult?
I would go with Ee-zult but have also heard Ee-sult or Iz-sult.

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:35:20

Siobhan and Bridget are quite dated (Peig chic as opposed to granny chic)

My top 2 names - Roise and Beibhinn (bevan)

I also love Dara (for a girl)

Apology for lack of dada. My American iPad doesn't do em!

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:35:40


MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:36:22

FADA not dada. Fucking iPad argh

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:36:24

Interesting, I pronounce it as iss-sult.

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:38:34

Think that's what I was aiming for with Iz-sult. Could be a Caoimhe/Keeva thing, different pronunciations for different regions.

Love, love, love the name. Have never met a real-life Iseult so I'm hoping it stays relatively unusual.

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:41:10

Yeah I think you're right, different accents produce slightly different sounds.

I've only ever known one, and she was a very cool Iseult. The history of the name is just swoon-some as well.

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:42:05

Iseult Gonne? <sob>

AHardDaysWrite Fri 31-Jan-14 20:43:26


buttercrumble Fri 31-Jan-14 20:45:36

How about Annie smile

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 20:52:42

I worked with an Iseult who pronounced it Ih-salt. Totally ruined it for me alas.

I like almost all of squoosh's suggestions, OP.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 20:53:42

I worked with an Iseult who pronounced it Ih-salt. Totally ruined it for me alas.

I like almost all of squoosh's suggestions, OP.

Vijac Fri 31-Jan-14 21:52:22

I like Anne best, but love Anna and Annie.

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