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Sorcha... pronunciations?

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pinkytheshrinky Sun 11-Sep-11 06:45:37

I know that for the most part this name is pronounced Sor-kha but I met a nice older lady years ago who was a Sor-sha - I do really like this name and it is top of the list for my new dc. What do you think?

I do also have two other dds with Irish names who's spellings have been Anglicised so I do have form for this....

parentfailure Sun 11-Sep-11 07:02:11

I would pronounce it Sor-a-ka. It means sunshine in Gaelic.

my dog was Dorcha. Dor-a-ka which means darkness (he was black)


pinkytheshrinky Sun 11-Sep-11 07:03:31

hmmm I like it with the sha! damn it!

parentfailure Sun 11-Sep-11 07:04:41

To steel a line from Tarzan:

It's YOUR baby grin

pinkytheshrinky Sun 11-Sep-11 07:10:27

As I said the other two dds have Irish names and people always always comment on how lovely their names are (along with my son's names too) so we should be ok.

allhailtheaubergine Sun 11-Sep-11 07:11:14

I have never heard the name before and would have guessed sor-sha.

parentfailure Sun 11-Sep-11 07:11:48

Can I ask what they are (the other names?)... I'm Irish myself so always interested!!

LtEveDallas Sun 11-Sep-11 07:14:36

I used to work with one, and she was Sor-Sha. She was Scottish if that makes any difference.

JulesJules Sun 11-Sep-11 07:15:26

I would say Sor-a-ka.

DialMforMummy Sun 11-Sep-11 07:23:35

I know one and she is Sorka.

talkingnonsense Sun 11-Sep-11 07:39:33

How about seiorse? I think I've spent it wrong but it is pronnounced seer- sha?

talkingnonsense Sun 11-Sep-11 07:40:16

Or sasha/sacha?

pinkytheshrinky Sun 11-Sep-11 07:41:36

NO I do want to avoid the spelt and said differently thing that happens with Gaelic names (pleb maybe but there it is)

Not a fan of sasha I am afraid (I am aware that this would solve the problem)

lizzieloubee1 Sun 11-Sep-11 15:31:32

I have a friend who is Irish called this, she pronounces it Sor-sha

Cereal Sun 11-Sep-11 15:59:38

I would have guessed Sor-sha.

somewherewest Sun 11-Sep-11 17:39:51

I've only ever heard it pronounced sor-ka and I'm Irish. I wonder if its being confused with Saoirse (seer-sha).

RiotSpoon Sun 11-Sep-11 17:44:04

I'm Irish! Its used as the Irish version of Sarah, and its pronounced Sor-Kha. Some people say Sor-sha, but the correct pronunciation is Sor-Kha

You could use Saoirse (Seer Sha) meaning freedom if you prefer

RitaMorgan Sun 11-Sep-11 17:48:36


I would assume someone pronouncing their name Sorsha was actually a Saoirse?

sqweegiebeckenheim Sun 11-Sep-11 18:01:35

Sir -i - ka where I'm from

MrsHuxtable Sun 11-Sep-11 18:16:46

I know a Sorcha and she's sor-sha.

HorseyGirl1 Sun 11-Sep-11 21:59:06

I always thought it was Sor-sha too. There are always different pronounciations for the same names. I once knew a Nicola who pronounced it Nic coal a.

stleger Sun 11-Sep-11 22:09:19

DD2's friend is a Sor-sha - in Cork.

lettinggo Sun 11-Sep-11 23:07:29

I'm Irish and hate when the pronunciation of names are changed.

Sorcha is Sor-a-ka.

Why would you change it? It would be like naming a child Mary and pronouncing it Marie.

lettinggo Sun 11-Sep-11 23:08:44

Forgot to add, in Irish the "ch" blend always makes a "k" sound in the middle of a word and anyone who pronounces it with a "sh" sound can't read Irish.

CointreauVersial Sun 11-Sep-11 23:11:33

DD2 is Sor-sha, and she has an Irish daddy!

Lettinggo, apparently it depends where in Ireland you are from.

I know two others Sorchas in the UK, both are also Sor-sha.

Go for it! It's a lovely name, and is much commented on.

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