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Can you turn Elian into an Irish name?

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DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 27-Oct-12 11:17:41

I really like the name Elian (El-le-an) but exp is insistent on an Irish name to reflect his background and also to fit in with my other childrens names.

It's a Hebrew name with welsh connections though.

Is there an Irish version that you know of?

DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 27-Oct-12 11:18:00

It's a boys name.

Iatemyskinnyperson Sat 27-Oct-12 11:21:47

Killian sounds similar?
Eanna

That's a toughie...

VirginiaDare Sat 27-Oct-12 11:24:00

Cillian, not Killian. There are no K's in Irish!

Conflugenglugen Sat 27-Oct-12 11:39:14

Elian is based on a conjunction of two names - Elizabeth and Juan - so there is no Irish equivalent.

The closest I could find in terms of sound is Ailin

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sat 27-Oct-12 11:43:31

No, you can't magic names into Irish. They either are or they're not. Elian, isn't.

DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 27-Oct-12 12:20:12

Exp suggested Cillian but as hard as I try I just can't get my tongue round it and always pronounce it wrong. Even though it's simple to say. I like it when someone else says it, I just can't say it myself.

Might have used the wrong phrase - don't want to turn a name Irish, rather I am looking for the equivalent. A name that's pronounced the same but probably spelt totally differently.

squoosh Sat 27-Oct-12 13:18:04

Ailill - ay-leel

Eamon - ay-mun

Cian - kee-un

Feilim - fay-lum

By the way, why does exp get to 'insist' on a name?

UltraBOF Sat 27-Oct-12 13:29:46

Just call him Elian. It's a nice name, and you are doing the whole vagina-grapefruit thing.

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