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Ruairidh or Rory

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smiler389 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:29:21

Pronounced the same....roar ree
hubby is a Scot, live in England.

SophieFaye Sun 01-Nov-15 12:58:48

Rory - it's super cute smile I don't think many people will know how to say/spell the other one!

elor11 Sat 31-Oct-15 20:28:33

I wouldn't pronounce them the same. I know children of both spellings and they are always pronounced different. Roo-ree and roar-ee

anothernumberone Sat 31-Oct-15 13:06:39

Oops I think this is an appropriate Halloween zombie.

anothernumberone Sat 31-Oct-15 13:05:41

I would not pronounce them the same Roo are ee for Ruaidhri and roary for Rory. That is my best written version of the Gaelic pronounciation.

vickytaylor24 Sat 31-Oct-15 13:01:23

I know this is an old thread but for anyone facing a similar dilemma, Ruairidh is not pronounced Rory. Spelling it that way and pouncing it Rory would be like calling your kid Gemma and pronouncing it Jenna. I have known several people called Ruairidh and I am also Scottish and it is pronounced more like Roory. The proper Gaelic pronunciation will be different again. But it's not the same name as Rory.

NorthernObserver Tue 01-Oct-13 16:34:32

very welcoming

EvenBetter Thu 26-Sep-13 10:37:05


NorthernObserver Wed 25-Sep-13 17:06:35

I'm always disappointed to read comments like FrauGau's, way to hard to spell.................... I bet you wouldn't say this to ....lets not go there.

If I can't spell someones name I ask politely. We have a Ruairidh, when you spell it it has a lovely lilt to it.

He's been called Rudi & Rooney , normally on holiday, and some folk who just say Rory (though completely different) and we don't get hung up on spelling

Wait till the laddie arrives you'll know what name suits him.

FrauGrau Sat 17-Aug-13 19:37:56

If you live in Scotland, Ruaridh will be pronounced Rooory. If you live in England no one will know how to pronounce it. Either way, it is way too hard to spell. If you wan to call him Rory, That's the way to spell it.

Shrugged Sat 17-Aug-13 14:43:00

Ruairidh, definitely.

DeTamble Sat 17-Aug-13 14:20:33

My son's name is Ruairidh, it's a lovely name. He does get called Rory a lot, and I let the few friends and family who can't spell it call him Rory on his birthday cards and such. It's no big deal, and the people who know how to say and spell it right do.

For my next son I'm considering the name Chattan (the h is silent).

Gooseysgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 14:04:03


MummyPig24 Fri 14-Jun-13 13:44:04

I prefer Rory. It's a great name.

Festen Thu 13-Jun-13 20:29:27

Spotted this thread because my brother's name is Ruarigh (a spelling I don't think has been mentioned on here) and it is definitely not pronounced ''Ror-ee", it's "Rurr-ee". At primary school he got fed up of teachers not being able to pronounce it and it was shortened to Ruari. I've always loved his name and don't think people's ignorance of the pronounciation or spelling should stop you choosing it. Go for Ruairidh!

forgetmenots Tue 04-Jun-13 12:48:51

Ps can't type fadas...

forgetmenots Tue 04-Jun-13 12:48:35

Squoosh Ruairidh - Scottish Gaelic (the Irish ones I know are Ruairi, but that could be something else entirely).

Ruaridh is the most common Scottish spelling but is technically a wee bit of a misspelling, very pedantic

I like both pronunciations actually, good names - weird one though if it's not in a Scottish or Irish accent I think :-)

squoosh Tue 04-Jun-13 11:47:36

I love the name Rory.

Hate the sound of Ruairidh though, it actually makes my skin prickle when I hear it, I dislike it that much.

As far as I'm aware

Ruairidh - Irish
Ruaridh - Scots Gaelic
Rory- anglicised version of both

Annaliveinalice Tue 04-Jun-13 04:31:07


forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 19:34:18

Btw Ruaridh (that spelling) is in the top 100
Scottish names, doubt anyone in Scotland will struggle with that pronunciation these days - but I think if you prefer the 'roar' pronunciation then using the Gaelic spelling will cause confusion as it is a different name! :-)

Geeklover Mon 03-Jun-13 19:07:51

Hit post by mistake. As many have said the first one is not pronounced the same and to many is like a totally different name.
My ex and his lovely wife have a gorgeous Rhuairidh and my ex can't spell it. We are in Scotland as well so everyone is used to the fancy spellings.

Geeklover Mon 03-Jun-13 19:06:02

If it is going to be pronounced as roar please go with Rory.

notfluffy Mon 03-Jun-13 19:05:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 18:50:59

Nervy if you want to call your boy roary, spell it Rory. That's correct, and no confusion.

If you want to call him roo-ri/roo-a-ri, call him Ruairidh. Many names are difficult to spell. It's not the big deal we all think it is when pg and I say that as someone who is due any day. People get used to it.

Not sure if you're the original OP with a name change!

nervy555 Mon 03-Jun-13 18:20:35

Bumping this as I'm still in turmoil. Wilting fast that's pretty much what I'm thinking at the mo. Problem is dh is set on it. But I know that all English family and friendswill ppronounce it roar-ree which wont bother me I dont think but does it make it pointless as a name /spelling. Aaargh. I know we have to decide ourselves but im kind of hoping so eone might share an experience that makes me stop worrying. :-/

wiltingfast Wed 22-May-13 21:09:12

Fgs! please RORY! unless you are actually gaelic speaking

And fwiw I'd pronounce the first one ruri and the other roari

But who cares! Fact it's so debateable should put you off ;)

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