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Irish Mumsnetters: opinions in Ide please?

(23 Posts)
RedLentil Sat 26-Jan-13 21:24:10

For your fada, on a Windows keyboard, click 'alt gr' your vowel at the same time:

á í é RTÉ etc ...

Iseult is a gorgous name. Like others here I'd associate Ide with schools (good to find out the reason behind that here), and here in West Cork I've known and liked some lovely elderly Itas.

I know a Bina too - now there's a name that is old-fashioned.

spudmurphy Sat 26-Jan-13 10:16:06

Atthewelles At least we have moved on from every girl being called Mary or Anne grin

magoosmom Fri 25-Jan-13 15:00:16

My best friend is called Ide smile i went to scoil Ide in primary school and one of my neighbours called her daughter Moide (mo Ide/my Ide) so pretty normal name for me!

squoosh Fri 25-Jan-13 14:18:50

Completely agree atthewelles. Some (most) of the names on MN would really raise eyebrows in Ireland, even ones that aren't that strange in any way.

atthewelles Fri 25-Jan-13 12:38:05

Definitely we're more conservative with names over here. (Unfortunately).

You tend to hear a lot of the same names over and over. Sarahs and Emmas seem to have been everywhere for the last twenty years; and at one stage I thought a law had been passed saying every street must have at least twenty little girls called Katie.

Strange, when we're meant to be an imaginative and creative people. It obviously doesn't extend to the names we give our children.

wiltingfast Fri 25-Jan-13 08:58:47

I've never met an Ide.

Do you not think it sounds a bit close to eejit? Not that keen on it really but I think the Irish are far more conservative with names than the uk (judging from MN anyway!)

emblosion Fri 25-Jan-13 03:06:51

I quite like it, old fashioned tho. I'm a nurse and have looked after quite a few old lady Ita/Ides.

galwaygirl Thu 24-Jan-13 20:37:22

I agree with chip monkey on pronunciation, we pronounce the school like that and in fact called it Scoil eejits - went to a different one myself!

HilaryClinton Thu 24-Jan-13 20:17:32

Prefer Iseult (but Ide might help with a gaelscoil application)

mathanxiety Thu 24-Jan-13 19:16:53

The name Ita (pronounced EEta) was very popular among women my mother's age (now in her 70s) and I think it is based on Ide.

I like Ide a lot more than Ita. It would be a very unusual name but not unheard of.

chipmonkey Wed 23-Jan-13 18:54:58

My Junior Infants reader was called "Brian agus Íde" and I'm 44.
I did know an Íde a few years older than me and she was lovely.
The only thing is that the pronunciation is really more like "eeja" Might she get called eejit?

spudmurphy Wed 23-Jan-13 18:32:34

Isolde is a variant of Iseult. Tis lovely too. I know a few Iseults and they are really nice.

squoosh Wed 23-Jan-13 15:37:50

Never heard of a person called Íde, only schools. It's ok, just ok. Too close to Ada/Ida which are frumpsville as far as I'm concerned.

GobnaitOlunasa Wed 23-Jan-13 14:06:33

love the way KobayashiMaru described someone as being "an awful wagon" haven't heard that in years! sorry to derail - do like the name Ide though

atthewelles Wed 23-Jan-13 13:52:20

I wouldn't be keen and, like others, have only really heard it used as a school's name. Iseult is much nicer.

galwaygirl Wed 23-Jan-13 13:45:27

Our local girls' primary school growing up was Scoil Íde.
I think it's nice and a totally normal name but not very popular.

KobayashiMaru Tue 22-Jan-13 21:08:34

makes me think of schools more than people, and Malahide (Mullach Íde..Íde's sand-hill)
The only one I know of is an awful wagon who works for youth defence and is campaigning as an anti-abortion nutter. So not very positive for me, sorry.

themammy73 Tue 22-Jan-13 21:02:39

Thanks ladies - she is the saint representing a 'thirst for knowledge' so the boarding school connection makes sense. Many thanks for the other suggestions; think Iseult is lovely too.

spudmurphy Tue 22-Jan-13 20:21:47

Old fashioned. There is/was a girls boarding school in Dingle(Kerry) called Colaiste Ide.
I think it is hard sounding. Sorry.
Alana /Alannah nicer ( it means 'pet'/ darling)
Iseult is gorgeous.

HillBillySillyBilly Tue 22-Jan-13 20:08:29

I think it's lovely, and I don't think it has ever been popular in Ireland and therefore I don't have any negative associations. Go for it.

ellesabe Tue 22-Jan-13 20:01:59

Hearing it, I would assume it was spelt Ida. Nice name though smile

babyblabber Tue 22-Jan-13 19:58:05

i have never heard of it and wouldn't even know how to pronounce it until you spelled it phonetically!

themammy73 Tue 22-Jan-13 17:18:10

I have come across the name Ide (with a fada over the 'I'; can't seem to do that on the computer) making it sound like 'ee-da'. I really like the sound of it however as I'm English living in Ireland I would be interested to know how the name is seen? Is it very old-fashioned for example? I have met one other in my time here who was in her 30's.
Many thanks.

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