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Niamh vs Neve

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Mango194 Mon 18-Mar-13 19:52:18

One month to go until DD1 is due and one of the (very few!) names on our shortlist is Niamh, which I've always loved. We live in England; do you think most people know the correct pronunciation, or would it be better to spell it Neve (I'd rather use the authentic spelling but don't want to saddle DD with an unpronounceable name, having grown up with one myself!). I should add that our Irish connection is fairly distant (my paternal grandmother, long deceased, and no other family there with whom we're in touch). Opinions gratefully received!

nenevomito Mon 18-Mar-13 20:11:36

Niamh for sure.

Neve looks like you missed the r off never.

Trazzletoes Mon 18-Mar-13 20:12:01

bunbaker yes, Niamh is pronounced Neeve.

Neve is pronounced Nev. like Kev.

DewDr0p Mon 18-Mar-13 20:13:32

Definitely Niamh - it's gorgeous and I think well known enough not to cause her any major issues.

Floggingmolly Mon 18-Mar-13 20:15:29

Use it properly or don't use it at all.

Elvensong Mon 18-Mar-13 20:15:41

Roory for Ruairidh... I've seen Roary as well, nearly as bad. I have a Rory - lived in UK at the time so decided not to go with traditional Irish spelling. Would've chosen Niamh or Aoife if had a girl.

Gooseysgirl Mon 18-Mar-13 20:20:23

What Kobayashi said

Bunbaker Mon 18-Mar-13 20:21:25

"Neve would rhyme with Lev,"

Now, I would pronounce Neve like Neeve to rhyme with sleeve. To rhyme with Lev I would spell it Nev. So I would pronounce Niamh as Neeve. I wonder if this is regional?

PacificDogwood Mon 18-Mar-13 20:29:10

I thought Neve Campbell's name was pronounced Neeve? confused

booksandchoc Mon 18-Mar-13 20:32:21

How about spelling it Neive?

Trazzletoes Mon 18-Mar-13 20:36:06

Pacific you'd think so, eh? But she's a Nev!

PacificDogwood Mon 18-Mar-13 20:37:46

Well, I never! shock
I stand corrected.

Niamh, every time in that case grin

LeslieWink1e Mon 18-Mar-13 21:01:09

Nieve is snow in spanish. Nieves is a name. So I want to say nee-ev-ess

Mango194 Mon 18-Mar-13 21:03:58

Thanks everyone smile Definitely wasn't convinced about spelling it Neve, and your replies have confirmed that! Niamh is going on the shortlist - it's between that and one other name atm... we'll just have to wait and see what suits her best!

BeeBopDingALing Tue 19-Mar-13 01:00:53

I know a Neve and it's pronounced Neeve. Never heard it ever said sounding like Nev.

Either spelling, it's a beautiful name.

LinusVanPelt Tue 19-Mar-13 01:10:01

Niamh is pronounced more like "NEE-uv" where I live, with the second syllable being more like a half-syllable, if that makes any sense at all.

For me it's a big part of the charm of the name - it's not the same at all when it's just pronounced as the one-syllable "NEEV".

OkayHazel Tue 19-Mar-13 01:28:07

I knew a Neeve as a child, only really now realizing its made up. It was the only way I knew how to spell it for so long!

ThisIsMummyPig Tue 19-Mar-13 01:29:37

I know a Neve, to rhyme with sleeve, and that's how I would have thought it. On a written down basis I thought Niamh would have been Neem. I can't believe I would have been on my own with that.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 19-Mar-13 03:55:05

Neve is a misspelling and a mispronunciation of the name Niamh, so definitely don't go with it.

As others have said, the actual pronunciation of the name is with two syllables; the seond syllable very soft - so Neve/Neeve/Neave are all rather ignorant, Anglo bastardisations of the name. wink

sashh Tue 19-Mar-13 04:27:06

Please, please go with the standard (Irish) spelling.

After a life time of my name being misspelled I changed it to the common spelling.

Niamh is so common in England these days I don't think it will be a problem.

slippysnow Tue 19-Mar-13 08:37:28

On screen neve looks like nevel (or Neville). Most people know Niamh now, and if not corrections aren't that bad- you grow to anticipate them. I could write a naming book of strange variations of my name, despite its regular spelling. Congratulations smile

GooseyLoosey Tue 19-Mar-13 08:41:53

Dd has an Irish name and most people have got on OK with it. I would definitely not use an Anglicised spelling, it just looks wrong.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Tue 19-Mar-13 09:00:29

I would go with Niamh.

I think that, with Irish names, there are some names where the Anglicised spelling has become popular even in Ireland - Rory (although not quite the same name as Ruaraidh) or Orla spring to mind. But I doubt you'd get someone in Ireland naming their child Neve.

I have a name you have to spell. It is no biggie. I introduce myself and, if someone is taking down my details, automatically spell it out too. I have to do it with my very simple surname too, because there are various variations.

LeslieWink1e Tue 19-Mar-13 13:03:26

yes, Orla and Maeve are accepted spellings in ireland! In fact, the first Orlaith I was aware of was English. The girl from BB, years back now.

MarthasHarbour Tue 19-Mar-13 13:08:21

You know what would happen - she would say Neve over the phone to say a shop or something and the caller would write 'Niamh' grin

Seriously i think the name Niamh is known enough. I am biased, my friend has a Niamh wink

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Tue 19-Mar-13 13:10:54

Yes, in England, if you say you are called Orla, people will write Orla, not Orlaith (or the other spelling I can never remember, the one with the d). If you say Neve, people will write Niamh.

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