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Orla, Orlaith, Oran or Nina- Help!!

(20 Posts)
Stella29 Mon 15-Dec-14 22:34:23

Oh goodness! We had our girls name picked (or so we thought we did!!!)
Orla Rose..... But we are now unsure as my husband is scared children are cruel at secondary school with oral jokes!!

Any thoughts on...

Orla or Orlaith Rose

Oran Rose

Nina Rose

Thanks mummies x

OHolyShite Mon 15-Dec-14 22:38:40

Oran is not a girls name. Odhran is an Irish boys name.

Orla is fine but a bit of a boring 1980's name in Ireland.

Nina is perfectly nice but not really my cup of tea.

IMurderedStampyLongnose Mon 15-Dec-14 22:45:05

Yep,Oran is most definitely for a boy.Orla is also a weird,sort of rough 80's name where I am from.Nina is nicesmile

Iatemyskinnyperson Mon 15-Dec-14 22:49:09

How about Ornaith? Still traditional but a little more unusual. Sorcha is nice too...

TheRealMaryMillington Mon 15-Dec-14 22:54:07

I have a Nina. All the Ninas I know - including her - are strong, gutsy, singular characters. I don't think I would pair it with an ultra pretty middle name like Rose though.

florascotia Mon 15-Dec-14 22:56:15

Stories are told in Scotland about St Oran /Odhran (male). He was born in Ireland, became monk on Iona, and volunteered to be a human sacrifice, so that St Columba's church would survive.

As OHoly says, Oran/Odhran is not a girl's name.

Baubelicious Mon 15-Dec-14 22:56:49

I love Orla and Nina

Oran I don't like at all. It reminds me of the sin of onan!

DramaAlpaca Mon 15-Dec-14 22:57:59

Agree Oran/Odhran is a boy's name.

I know lots of Orlas in their teens & twenties, but haven't heard it on a baby recently. I'm not aware of any teasing associated with the Orla in Ireland as it's such a normal name. Maybe you might get some teasing in the UK where it's more unusual. I don't see it as a boring or rough name at all, but it is probably a bit dated.

I like the spelling Orlaith, but outside Ireland it would cause confusion with spelling and pronunciation. No teasing due to the spelling, though.

Nina Rose is fine, I can't think of any issues with it and it's not over-used.

Stella29 Mon 15-Dec-14 23:20:26

Thank you I love hearing your options!! If none of the above any other suggestions? We are so stuck sad We live in central scotland and surname is Addy (a-dee)

I like penelope and willow but hubby not so sure sad

ByeByeButterfly Mon 15-Dec-14 23:26:37

My aunt is Nina and I have always liked that name.

Nina Rose is lovely although would possibly have a longer middle name with a short first name.

childrensservant Mon 15-Dec-14 23:44:02

I know an Orla and Oran brother and sister. They also have a Pia.

squoosh Mon 15-Dec-14 23:47:09

I live in Scotland and notice that every baby girl born recently seems to be called Orla (or Niamh) so I think it will be common enough by the time she gets to school to not warrant any special teasing. Don't go for the Orlaith spelling, it will lead to a lifetime of her having to explain her name to people and if she isn't Irish it would just seem a bit odd.

Oran is definitely a boys name.

Nina is nice and will be a bit more unique (in a good way). Penny and Willow are both lovely.

Mutteroo Tue 16-Dec-14 00:29:51

like both names & Rose is such a pretty middle name. My kids used to play on a game where the main character was called Orly. That's quite a cute unique name.

Best of luck with your name choice.

Fuckmath Tue 16-Dec-14 00:52:34

Nina rose is fab

I also like orla and don't think it is teaseworthy. Fwiw though I predict it will become the next Isla I.e. Soon it will be everywhere

Beangarda Tue 16-Dec-14 09:52:38

I grew up in Ireland with about a million Orlas, in various schools, and I can honestly say that I have never heard anyone make an 'oral' joke. Is it an English thing to consider baby names in terms of unlikely sexual anagrams or allusions? Because I'm baffled by the frequency with which it comes up on these threads.

OP, Orla/Orlaith Rose is lovely. (You know they are pronounced the same, right?) Nina lovely too. Oran is a boy's name, and I'm not keen personally on Penelope or Willow with your surname. Penelope Addy in particular sounds slightly wobbly...?

Jboure Tue 16-Dec-14 09:57:16

Orla Addy.

O laddy.

Would this not be her nickname. I wouldn't pick any name ending in 'a' with your surname.

InanimateCarbonRod Tue 16-Dec-14 10:02:05

I think Orla Addy sounds to stunted. Penelope Addy seems clunky. Penelope doesn't really flow IYSWIM? A flowy name like Evangeline Addy or Abigail Addy. Hope that makes sense!

Sophronia Tue 16-Dec-14 10:57:37

Nina Rose.

mathanxiety Wed 17-Dec-14 04:51:01

You couldn't run the risk of Abby Addy but Evangeline Addy is very nice. I like Penelope Addy too.

I like Orla Addy (but not Orlaith). Orla sounds quite 70s to my Irish ear but I think it's pretty new to the UK.

Other suggestions:
Esme Addy
Evelyn Addy
Kathryn Addy
Kirsten Addy
Ellen Addy
Elspeth Addy
Eloise Addy
Josephine Addy
Lillian Addy
Morna Addy

cloggal Wed 17-Dec-14 06:45:58

I love Nina and Orla but I agree that with your surname the a at the end makes the whole thing hard to say. That said, full names really aren't used all that often!


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