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How do you pronounce Gigha ?

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Magix Mon 10-Mar-14 20:43:41

Saw this written down today I've never seen it before how do you pronounce it ?

LCHammer Mon 10-Mar-14 20:44:56

I'd probably say it Gee-Gah.

lunar1 Mon 10-Mar-14 20:45:42

Like a Geiger counter. ( no idea if I spelt that right!)

HyvaPaiva Mon 10-Mar-14 20:47:15

It's a Scottish island. You pronounce it Ghee-Ah.

JeanSeberg Mon 10-Mar-14 20:47:26

The gh is a y - so pronounced like gear.

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Mon 10-Mar-14 21:02:51

Gee - ah

alita7 Mon 10-Mar-14 21:03:08

I'd have thought guy-ger like lunar said

SirChenjin Mon 10-Mar-14 21:04:14

It's a Scottish island, pronounced Ghee-Ah

Glasshammer Mon 10-Mar-14 22:03:15

Gaia is also a name gy-ah

Magix Mon 10-Mar-14 22:12:35

Thanks smile if I had to pronounce it I would have said "gee-ah" but I wasn't sure !

florascotia Tue 11-Mar-14 11:54:39

You can hear Gigha pronounced by a native Scottish speaker here:

Here's a description of the island from VisitScotland:

aoife24 Tue 11-Mar-14 11:57:38

Gee (hard sound) yah.

Magix Tue 11-Mar-14 12:55:57

Is it bad that I'm scottish ? blush

soontobeslendergirl Tue 11-Mar-14 13:44:42

Magix, it's never bad to be Scottish wink <unless you happen to be stuck on a long bus ride sat next to Alec Salmond>

....but yes, that is pretty embarrasing - I thought it was someone from the Home Counties who thought it would be cute to name their child after a Scottish Island they'd never been to, seen or heard off before..... but then how else can you explain the populatity of Skye, Isla(y), Ailsa and Iona? grin

MagicalHamSandwich Tue 11-Mar-14 14:26:23

I'd pronounce it JEE-ga, but that's arguably not what it's supposed to sound like.

2madboys Tue 11-Mar-14 14:29:44

No idea, but if you're considering it for your child think very carefully. I go by my middle name (thanks parents!), so every time I had a new class/teacher, I had to explain that I didn't go by the name on their list. It was hugely embarrassing at the time. I couldn't care less now, but not great for a child. They would have to spell it/explain the pronunciation every time.

soontobeslendergirl Tue 11-Mar-14 14:37:20

They would have to spell it/explain the pronunciation every time

Not in Scotland they shouldn't. But i guess it depends where.

It's definitely Gee - ah with a hard G as in Gallop.

SirChenjin Tue 11-Mar-14 14:40:39

<unless you happen to be stuck on a long bus ride sat next to Alec Salmond>


That would be the bus journey from hell.

MrsCakesPremonition Tue 11-Mar-14 14:49:14

I'd vacillate between Giga(watt) and Gieger(counter). I love the idea of a tech-inspired name, much more appropriate in the 21st Century than all those nature names wink.

florascotia Tue 11-Mar-14 15:20:46

Continuing the Scottish geographical theme, there's also Morvern (a peninsula), Morven (different spelling, a mountain), Shona, Rona, Eriska, Eriskay, Hirta, Vaila ...(all islands; there are dozens of others though few with really pretty names, IMHO. No disrespect intended, but Muckle Flugga, anyone?)

But to be serious, if you love a name, then use it - though perhaps best to stick to 'standard' pronunciation, to avoid embarrassment for the child in future.

Article by a writer with a Scottish geographical name here:

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