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Irish girls' names - help!

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YouDoTheMath Mon 15-Aug-11 16:07:18

Hi all

I'm looking for an Irish girls name. Trouble is, the websites I've been searching for Irish names only seem to have a handful, and I'm sure there must be LOADS.

I'm not worried about the dodgy spellings - DP is from an Irish family so we can get away with Irish names and their idiosyncrasies! (And no, I don't want to ask the family - I want it to be a surprise.)

Thanks in advance.

bagelmonkey Mon 15-Aug-11 16:15:39

I like:
Aoife
Orla
Niamh
Laoise
Fionnula

ScatterChasse Mon 15-Aug-11 16:42:53

Off the top of my head (so you might need to check the spellings!)

Eibhlin
Deidre
Meave
Niamh
Siobhan
Brighid

first1 Mon 15-Aug-11 17:31:36

Roisin
Caitlin
Sian
Niamph
Erin
Aoife

Catsmamma Mon 15-Aug-11 17:33:00

Aoife or Dymphna

irishqueen Mon 15-Aug-11 17:34:28

I have a caoimhe (keeva) and a maeve

irishqueen Mon 15-Aug-11 17:34:28

I have a caoimhe (keeva) and a maeve

irishqueen Mon 15-Aug-11 17:35:32

Oh and maeve was nearly clodagh and caoimhe was nearly saoirse

irishqueen Mon 15-Aug-11 17:35:32

Oh and maeve was nearly clodagh and caoimhe was nearly saoirse

sobloodystupid Mon 15-Aug-11 17:36:03

What about R eailtin? Fiona?
Saoirse? Sorcha

cilldara Mon 15-Aug-11 17:41:26

I have a Róisín and a Méabh.
Other girls names I can think of are
Ciara, Niamh, Aoife, Éabha, Clíona, Dearbhla, Sorcha, Aisling, Gráinne, Fionnuala, Eimear, Eadaoin, Muireann, Doireann, Caoilfhionn, Saoirse, Síle, Máiréad, Siobhán, Sinéad.

somewherewest Mon 15-Aug-11 17:42:40

Saoirse (pronounced seer-sha) is a lovely name, but might be a little too hard for UK people to spell / pronounce. There's also Cara (which means 'friend' and is pronounced as its spelt) and Aisling (ashling).

If you want to hear from Irish people you could try the pregnancy forum on www.boards.ie (http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=1092). Ironically 'Irish' baby names seem to have gone a bit out of fashion again in Ireland after being hugely popular in the 90s. The top 100 baby names registered in Ireland in 2010 are here: http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/births_d_m/current/babynames.pdf

somewherewest Mon 15-Aug-11 17:53:13

PS Just to confuse things some Irish names are pronounced differently by differently Irish people! I would always pronounce caoimhe 'kweeva' but other people pronounce it 'keeva' etc etc.

wigglesrock Mon 15-Aug-11 20:00:08

Aoife
Emer
Caoimhe
Aisling
Siobhan
Grainne
Meabh
Niamh
Clodagh
Bronagh
Aine
Dearbhla
Jacinta
Maire
Catriona
Cliona
Nuala

YouDoTheMath Mon 15-Aug-11 20:57:48

Hmm... I'm still thinking Roisin at the mo.

Typically, all the other names I like begin with A, which would mean if I chose another A there would be three females with initial A in the immediate family!

Avinalarf Tue 16-Aug-11 14:11:05

Roisin is lovely. Aoife, Saoirse and Meabh/Maeve are my other favourites.

Eilis
Sorcha
Grainne
Eithne
Aine
Orlaith
Mairead
Aoibheann
Maire
Bronah
Clodagh
Una

mathanxiety Tue 16-Aug-11 20:11:41

Lasairfhíona
Damhnait/Davnat
Liadán
Síofra
Beibhinn
Muireann
Ailbhe
Gormfhlaith
Sibéal
Neassa

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