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Niamh or Ada

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d1157230986361b000875 Sun 09-Aug-15 09:09:45

Me and Dh are having a hard time choosing girls names. We have a list and narrowed it down to Ada But we also really like Niamh pronounced Neeve

Just wanted opinions on both names

cosmicglittergirl Sun 09-Aug-15 09:10:34

Niamh is lovely.

CherryBonBon Sun 09-Aug-15 09:14:18

Niamh is pronounced Nee-uv.

I don't really understand why you'd use it if you don't have an Irish connection..

I actually like Ada. It's short and simple and pretty.

bittapitta Sun 09-Aug-15 09:18:11

Ada definitely.

MadAngryGnome Sun 09-Aug-15 09:19:57

I love Ada!

Trooperslane Sun 09-Aug-15 09:21:15

Neev in NI, Cherry.

I'd go for Niamh, op. I think Ada is ugly, sorry.

caravanista13 Sun 09-Aug-15 09:25:01

Sorry - Ada is awful.

mydogeatsnutstoo Sun 09-Aug-15 09:25:14

There are quite a lot of Niamh's around and I'm sure a lot of them have no Irish connections so don't personally think that is a problem!

I like Niamh, when spelled like that though lots seem to make up phonetic spellings. It seems pretty popular though.

I love Ada, it was our choice for ds 2 if a girl. It is less popular than Niamh, though I suspect it is on the rise as I have a history of choosing names which then sky rocket - there was an approx 2 year old Ada in a cafe we were in recently and I have seen it a bit on here.

Anyway in summary I would go for Ada but both nice!

d1157230986361b000875 Sun 09-Aug-15 09:26:22

CherryBonBon I have distant relatives who live in Ireland and my name is Irish as well. I know and Irish Niamh in Mead who pronounces it Neev smile
Does it matter whether you have Irish/Welsh/Scottish relatives or connections to pick those names?

Ada is also a family name smile

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 09-Aug-15 09:27:48

Niamh is lovely . Ada was a Les Dawson character who kept hoiking her chest .

Bambooshoots14 Sun 09-Aug-15 09:31:23


applecatchers36 Sun 09-Aug-15 09:37:21

Niamh is a great name not keen on Ada

Petradreaming Sun 09-Aug-15 09:44:56

Niamh is beautiful. It means light. Lovely name :-)

IsadoraQuagmire Sun 09-Aug-15 11:23:26

Ada is lovely, Niamh is too common.

villainousbroodmare Sun 09-Aug-15 11:53:51

Ada imo is with Martha and Josie and Elsie, very firmly in the scullery drudges' corner.
Niamh is beautiful but is not correctly pronounced Neeve; it has two syllables: Nee-av.

GeorgeYeatsAutomaticWriter Sun 09-Aug-15 11:56:46

'I know an Irish Niamh in Mead' gringringrin

Niamh is Neev in some Irish dialects btw.

Pandora37 Sun 09-Aug-15 16:38:28

I'd go with Niamh. I think it's much prettier and Ada is likely to be misheard as Ava a lot which would drive me mad.

sweetpeame Sun 09-Aug-15 16:44:31

I'm from Dublin and would also pronounce Niamh as Neev, I've heard a few different pronounciations in various parts of Ireland. Personally I think Niamh is a very boring name. I went to school with about 12 of them in the 80s/90s. To me it's about as interesting as Louise or Sarah ie fine but fairly dull. I don't like Ada particularly either, reminds me of the words aid or AIDS, sorry.

BloodyDogHairs Sun 09-Aug-15 16:47:54

I have a one year old Niamh, I hope she doesn't start nursery with 10 other Niamhs.

I'm not keen on Ada.

CrystalMcPistol Sun 09-Aug-15 18:49:35

Ada was a Les Dawson character who kept hoiking her chest


NoMontagues Sun 09-Aug-15 21:30:23

It may sound like Neeve / Neev but it's a two-syllable word (Ni-amh) so even when not as distinct as with an accent such as cherry's example, it's still at least Nee-yv.

Also the "mh" sound in the Irish language is more of a "vf" sound rather than just "v".
It's a softer sound.

littlejohnnydory Sun 09-Aug-15 21:30:56

Ada is gorgeous and underused, please use it!

Ilovecrapcrafts Sun 09-Aug-15 21:34:40

I hate the sound of Niamh, it sounds harsh and boring at the same time (I always think, would people choose it if it were just spelt Neeve?)
Sadly I'm not too keen on Ada either, sorry.

SmugairleRoin Sun 09-Aug-15 21:34:55

As a born and bred Dubliner, I've always pronounced Niamh as Neev. However, people from some counties pronounce it Ni-av, or Ni-uv, all three pronunciations are valid. People seem to forget that pronunciation in Irish varies, it's not all one standard. I think the Ni-av/uv one sounds awful though, Neev is a much nicer sound.

Anyway, Niamh is a nice name, but agreed its not too exciting. However I think if you are in forrin parts it's probably much more exotic sounding to locals (same with Aoife I suppose, I keep seeing that on here).

And I much prefer Niamh to Ada!

NoMontagues Sun 09-Aug-15 23:08:32

I'm from Dublin too smile

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