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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?


mwah79 Thu 17-Jan-13 17:08:45

What did you go for. We have Niall and Eoin in London. Feel a bit bad for Eoin but we thought we were moving home and it didn't work out. Also both DS's were named after relatives.

CheerfulYank Wed 03-Oct-12 08:03:25

I love Declan (climbing here in the States now that we've overused Liam and Aidan to such a degree) or Deaglan.

I love Cormac and Conn, though you said you'd gone off that one.

I really like Cian and would know how to pronounce it despite being American because there's a Nora Roberts character called that. blush

Padraig is rather sweet. Eoghan?

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:51:38

There's Declan too.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:43:10

Enda would get Edna over here (Enda Bolger invariably referred to "jokily" as Edna on horse racing forums).

Conal, Cormac, Fintan, Padraig, Cian all great names. Particularly Cian and Fintan. There aren't enough Fintans in today's world. Goes well with Oisin too.

DrFalks Tue 02-Oct-12 23:31:30

Enda- love it

Dualta Tue 02-Oct-12 19:31:02

What about

Faolan (with a fada on final a, phone wont let me type it)
Maolseachlainnn (!)
Prionsias (!)

oscarwilde Fri 28-Sep-12 13:33:30

Pearce (rather than Pierce)

flowerygirl Fri 28-Sep-12 13:16:34

I love the name Lorcan!

LizLemon007 Thu 27-Sep-12 08:04:37

Not mad about Conn OP. I hear 'artist' hanging in the air unsaid after it.

mathanxiety Thu 27-Sep-12 06:27:45

Conn is fantastic imho.
I think Daithi otoh would be something of a puzzle for English people.

How about
Luan (like the day)
Ruadhán (pr Roo-awn)
Moling - ancient Irish saint (pr Mow-ling)
Laserian - ancient Irish saint; the name refers to light

<LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:17:49
scythe?! is that what English people hear?

LizLemon007 Wed 26-Sep-12 19:42:45

Sounds like somebody from northern Ireland saying rain!

[am I in trouble for saying that?] grin

AThingInYourLife Wed 26-Sep-12 18:42:37

Rian has two (or 1.5) syllables.


not Reen

rainbow2000 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:37:13

Rian there should be a fada over the i.Its pronounced REEN.Irish for Ryan goes well with your other name.

Kormachameleon Mon 24-Sep-12 22:32:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DamsonJam Mon 24-Sep-12 22:32:04

I love the name Oisin (don't know how to do the fada - sorry) - if we had had a boy I was torn between that and Shay as a name. Also like:

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.

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

AThingInYourLife - Weedgieville (Glasgow)

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

And where is there a bank holiday today?

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