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Irish or short, classic (?) girls name inspiration needed

(34 Posts)
Blanketsandpillows Tue 29-Jan-13 09:35:27

We have not found a single girls name that we both like! We still have plenty of time but would love to have a list of possibilities-at the moment we have zero! I think ideally it would be either a name like Katie or Anna (I don't know how to describe those names!) or an Irish name. We wouldn't want the name to be longer than two syllables....and i guess nothing 'fancy'!
Any inspiration out there?
Names which are close but not quite right for us are; Aoife, Niamh, Emer, Mary, Lucy, Orla, Hannah, Sarah, Roisin, Emma, Ellen, Lily, Dara....

JoanHarris Tue 29-Jan-13 10:51:28

Love Róisín here are some other irish girl ones:
Áine
Nuala
Sorcha
Gráinne
Maireád
English ones I like are Constance (Connie), Frances, Grace, Sally.

BeaWheesht Tue 29-Jan-13 10:52:55

Ailish
Aoife
Mairead

flyingsprocket Tue 29-Jan-13 11:02:42

Aisling
Caoimhe
Saoirse

TakingTheStairs Tue 29-Jan-13 11:10:37

Tara
Ciara
Sorcha
Grainne
Fiona

AbsintheMinded Tue 29-Jan-13 11:15:38

Deirdre
Sive / Sibhe (I've seen both spellings)
Siofra
Maeve / Méabh
Moira
Síobhan

wannabedomesticgoddess Tue 29-Jan-13 11:19:00

Erin. Some people spell it Erinn. Its irish and classic and two syllables. smile

We loved this for DD2 but it didnt suit her in the end.

JoanHarris Tue 29-Jan-13 11:32:41

Sorry Mairéad had fáda in wrong place

PhyllisDoris Tue 29-Jan-13 11:33:30

I knew a Briege. I love that name.

BikeRunSki Tue 29-Jan-13 11:34:31

Emer is Irish
Niamh

Emma

wigglesrock Tue 29-Jan-13 20:59:05

Bronagh, Cara, Eve

Maryz Tue 29-Jan-13 21:05:07

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mathanxiety Tue 29-Jan-13 23:33:41

Classic names:

Rachel
Laura
Alice
Eva
Clara
Lara
Frances
Edith
Esme
Daphne

Irish names:
Fionnuala or Finola (maybe a bit long?)
Beibhinn (pr Bevin)
Caoilfhionn
Aoibheann
Ailbhe
Cara
Cliona/Cliodhna
Muireann
Doireann
Eithne (pr either Enya or Eth-neh)
Enda (unisex)
Nessa or Neassa
Nola (short for Fionnuala or Finola)
Nora (short for Honora/Onora)
Una
Riona

DessieLou Wed 30-Jan-13 02:57:40

Lauren
Sophie
Marie
Alexa
Leila
Una
Hayley
Jenny
Naomi
Neva/Niva
Noa
Megan
Bethan
Mia/Maya /Mya

anonymosity Wed 30-Jan-13 03:09:25

SHORT names I agree these are lovely - Orla, Una, Aine (pronounced onya)

wiltingfast Wed 30-Jan-13 08:12:36

Sinead (shinaid)
Eilish (ileesh)
Aoibhinn (aaveen)
Brid is how you spell briege above. Fada on the i.

Enda is a boy's name! Never heard it attached to a girl.

Lisa
Judith
Julia
Sarah
Ruth
Mary
Janis
Jane
Colette

wiltingfast Wed 30-Jan-13 08:14:10

And Erin is gaelic for Ireland, not an irish name as such.

Northumberlandlass Wed 30-Jan-13 08:14:29

A ladt has just started in our office called Feirin - I have never heard it before but loved it.

Northumberlandlass Wed 30-Jan-13 08:14:37

lady

wannabedomesticgoddess Wed 30-Jan-13 08:32:54

Its a gaelic word used as a name. How isnt it irish? hmm

flyingsprocket Wed 30-Jan-13 08:50:35

Erin is a Gaelic word used as a name by Americans. So yes, you can say it's an Irish name as its in the Irish language but it's not a traditional Irish name as such grin

A little bit like Coleen which is derived from Cailín (meaning girl) used more by expats than Irish people.

DarwinGirl Wed 30-Jan-13 08:58:44

Aoibhinn us actually pronounced Eve-een. 'Aoi' produces an 'ee' sound as in Aoife.

PuffPants Wed 30-Jan-13 09:05:58

Erin is a beautiful name.

HoneyandRum Wed 30-Jan-13 10:29:47

Nancy
Naomi (opps 3 syllables)
Betty
Clare
Bridget

atthewelles Wed 30-Jan-13 15:30:14

Aine is actually pronounced Awn-ya and is the Irish for Anne.

I agree Erin is not actually an Irish name and would be considered quite an American type name over here.

Other Irish names you might like to consider are:

Enya
Nessa
Muireann (pronounced Mwirann)

I'm not sure if it's Irish but Moya is a name you hear reasonably often over here and would be a change from Maya and Mia. It's often used as a nn for Mary-Anne.

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