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Conor or Cillian

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TakingTheStairs Wed 26-Jun-13 09:56:57

I am Irish and quite keen that my child will have an Irish name. My own (Irish) name does not sound like it is spelled and a lot of people in the UK struggle with it, so I want to give our DS an Irish name that most people can manage.
The middle name will be Patrick. It was both of my grandfather's first names, it is my DF's middle name and my DB's middle name, so DH and I are quite keen for that tradition to continue.

I'm not a fan of Killian with a K, and prefer Cillian (which is pronounced the exact same way).

Can I have your opinions please?

Feelslikea1sttimer Wed 26-Jun-13 14:20:59

Ooops mine is a Connor, Had no idea it was the surname spelling... See this is the problem when we try and steal Irish names, we get it all wrong smile

Rhubarb78 Wed 26-Jun-13 14:35:52

feelslikea1sttimer its funny you should say that, i was thinking that connors are all naughty but didnt want to offend, ha ha

Feelslikea1sttimer Wed 26-Jun-13 14:41:10

They are!! I remember talking to a lady in a playgym about this and she had a Connor hers was a little monkey too!!!

soontobeslendergirl Wed 26-Jun-13 15:01:21

I know 4 Connor/Conors - 3 of them are really lovely and exceptionally nicely behaved, the other is only 3 but seems a good wee one so far so it can't be all Conors, the eldest of the other 3 is 17, then 15, then 11 so we would probably know by now smile

HenriettaPye Wed 26-Jun-13 15:19:49

Love Conor!

True story- I know twins called Killian and Lillian. Both now 4/5 and known as Killy and Lilly! If they were 2 girls they were gonna b called Lillian and Gillian confused

squoosh Wed 26-Jun-13 15:24:34

Killian and Lillian?

Oh dear.

TakingTheStairs Wed 26-Jun-13 15:26:46

Killian and Lillian.

HenriettaPye Wed 26-Jun-13 15:30:53

Most people have this face blush when the mum tells people their names!!

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Wed 26-Jun-13 15:45:57

I really dislike Cillian....the first syllable being kill confused

TakingTheStairs Wed 26-Jun-13 16:27:33

Are you being serious UpTheFrigg?

Justfornowitwilldo Wed 26-Jun-13 16:39:59


bridgetsmum Wed 26-Jun-13 16:47:17

I love Cillian, Conor is a bit meh!

My ds has a lovely boy in his class called Cillian, his nn is Killer, but only when he's playing Gaelic so quite funnygrin

MakeTeaNotWar Wed 26-Jun-13 17:20:44

I know brother and sister Dara & Cara!!!

TolliverGroat Wed 26-Jun-13 17:30:47

I love Cillian and Conal. Conor will give you spelling issues (although to be fair Conal would give spelling issues too as people will think you said Conor). I would have used Conal for a DS2 if we didn't already know one (and if we'd actually had a DS2 rather than DD1 and DD2).

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 26-Jun-13 18:26:54

What about Donal?

RaisingHooligirls Wed 26-Jun-13 18:31:15

Conor. English people will struggle with the spelling and might say sillian, and if they get it right, they might find it odd that it starts with 'kill'

RaisingHooligirls Wed 26-Jun-13 18:34:32

"half the men I know are called conor". tbh this is why Conor is a safe choice, especially in the UK where understandably they know f&^% all about Irish Legends.

HenriettaPye Wed 26-Jun-13 18:34:51

I love Fintan

squoosh Wed 26-Jun-13 18:54:20

My favourite Irish boys' name is Ferdia.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Wed 26-Jun-13 20:58:50

Yes,I am being serious.
It's probably ignorant,but it's all I can hear when it's said.sorry.

PseudoBadger Wed 26-Jun-13 21:01:07

Oh I love Cillian, very nearly called DS it. However, in retrospect I don't think he would have suited it.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Wed 26-Jun-13 21:01:07

Fintan and Ferdia are lovely.

JustForNow Diana is equally awful IMO,especially when shortened to Di (as my Aunt does.)

NowPlayingZone Wed 26-Jun-13 22:59:44

I'm going with bunnys suggestion- Cormac wins for me.
To my ignorant ear, I dislike the sound of Cillian, & Conor is just o.k.

notanyanymore Wed 26-Jun-13 23:00:52

Sorry I thought it was 'sillian' too, also thought it was a girls name blush (think I was thinking 'cilla', don't know why I thought Connor was a girls name tho!)
Love the name Patrick tho! grin

Justfornowitwilldo Wed 26-Jun-13 23:40:01

Wow. Just, wow. Sometimes you get a reminder why coffee cups say CAUTION HOT on them.

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