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Bláthnaid -help!

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A1980 Sun 09-Oct-11 21:29:25

My friend just named her new baby this. She texted me to tell me the news and the name.

How on earth do you say it?!


Superfly Sun 09-Oct-11 21:33:48


mathanxiety Sun 09-Oct-11 21:34:50

BLAW-nidh (d pronounced as a French D, now English) -- Irish equivalent of Flora/Florence/Fleur.

-- bláth = flower

A1980 Sun 09-Oct-11 21:35:23


I was hoping it wasn't blarth-naid, which is what I originally thought.

thank you!

mathanxiety Sun 09-Oct-11 21:35:34

'now English' = 'not English'

A1980 Sun 09-Oct-11 21:36:47

Ah now we have two choices so is it Blaa or blaw?

Very pretty meaning!

mathanxiety Sun 09-Oct-11 22:28:35

The fada (accent) on the a makes it AW by my books -- bear in mind though that trying to render an Irish word in English by spelling it out phonetically is a bit like like playing telephone. It's hard to replicate the sound this way, and I have no idea what sort of accent you may have on the other end either. So try and hear AW in my Irish accent in your head.

Mollydoggerson Sun 09-Oct-11 22:31:41


sqweegiebeckenheim Sun 09-Oct-11 23:26:53

blaw ( although I've heard blaa used in the north)

Freaking hate that name!

Listzilla Tue 11-Oct-11 15:44:50

In my experience (I married into a family of gaelgeoirí) it's sort of halfway between blaw and blaa, to rhyme with the o in odd. The shortened version, Bláth, is pronounced Blaw. Wouldn't want to make it too straightforward : )

mathanxiety Wed 12-Oct-11 00:42:27

That is the sound I hear in my head, Listzilla.

ivorytowers Wed 12-Oct-11 16:51:48

In case it's not complicated enough already, I'd say Blon (as in drop the 'de' in 'blonde') -id. So 'blon-id'.

HappyHugs Mon 24-Oct-11 16:06:18

My friend pronounces it blaa- nid for her daughter ( Belfast)

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