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Irish boys' names - help

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LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:25:09

Hi there,

DH and I are really stuck for Irish boys' names. We're both Irish and our DS1 has an Irish name (Oisín). DS2 is due next month and we are at a standstill. We definitely want another Irish name, and preferably a little more unusual than Conor/ Seán/ Aidan, but we just cannot agree.

He loves Fiachra and Ferdia. I am not a fan. I think they sound a bit 'Lord of the Rings' TBH and also boys' names ending in 'a' are not great in the UK as they sound quite feminine.

I love Ronán and Aodh. He hates them. He has also ruled out Liam and Dara (I know it ends in 'a' but I do quite like it) which I quite like.

So - help! The only names we have come up with which we could both live with, we think, are Conn and Daithí but I don't love either of them. Any ideas?


Makeminealarge Mon 24-Sep-12 17:57:12

Cian- friends son name. At first we Wer all like 'see-an' but once corrected it stuck. I love it.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:25:37

I have a Ciar rather than Cian.
or what about Se (shay) can't do those we things above the letters but think the e is supposed to have one smile

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:32:29


squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:05:26

I'm with your husband, I think Ferdia ia a great name.

Aodh for a boy living in London would be a headache, no one would have a clue that it's just pronounced A.

I like Conal and Cormac too.

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:06:11

Don't know where I got London from!

mummylouise Mon 24-Sep-12 19:11:29

What about Finlay or Colm?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:14:48

Don't know where I got London from!

cos the OPs name is LondonAnna35??

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 19:16:33

That could be it blush

My mind is in wine addled bank holiday mode.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:17:13

lol - no bank holiday here smile

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Mon 24-Sep-12 19:19:42


Love the name Oisin BTW.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:21:06

Do I take it from the complete silence on Conn that no one likes it? I know a few people have said they like Daithi but no comment on Conn?

zookeeper Mon 24-Sep-12 19:23:46

I love Finbar; it has Cork connections I think

apachepony Mon 24-Sep-12 19:36:49

Oscar was the grandson of Fionn and son of Oisin. Not a lot of people would think of it being an Irish name though...

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:48:57

Conn is a bit of a nothing name - it sounds like it's just short for Connor and is inoffensive but a bit boring maybe - sorry smile

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:08:45

Conn is quite nice. There was a cute little speccy Conn in DD1's nursery class last year.

My Dad is Con, so I have that "ick, my parent's name" thing with it.

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:09:11

And where is there a bank holiday today?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:11:15

AThingInYourLife - Weedgieville (Glasgow)

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:12:57

Glasgow has a special bank holiday that the rest of Scotland doesn't get?

squoosh Mon 24-Sep-12 20:13:54

Yep. I don't question it, I just say 'yes please'.

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:14:49

All places in Scotland have different bank holidays to the rest of the UK and mostly each other.

Sometimes at work we get forced to take the English ones even though our kids are in school sad

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:17:41

It should have been our local Bank Holiday 3 weeks ago but the kids didn't get it this year as they had 8 and a half weeks summer holiday and had only been back 2 weeks - doesn't stop them in a normal year when they have had over 7 weeks off - they go back to school and less than 2 weeks later they have a bank holiday - it's weird!

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 20:19:54

I used to live in Scotland. How did this weird bank holiday policy escape me?

squoosh - yes, that's been my attitude to all these royal holidays we've been having over the last few years grin

topsyturner Mon 24-Sep-12 20:22:10

My DH is Fearghal , and I never hear any babies called that ?

amck5700 Mon 24-Sep-12 20:37:31

I never really noticed until I moved to central scotland - now notice all the different holidays all around me.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 22:19:25

Thanks for the feedback on Conn. Was pretty lukewarm anyway but this has definitely put me off.

Thanks for all the help, everyone.

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