Soireann- any Scottish Gaelic speakers out there?

(15 Posts)
Diggum Sun 04-Oct-15 16:47:45

I'm just wondering exactly how this name should be pronounced. Also whether it's a name/word at all!

DH and I are Irish and already have a DD with a lovely Irish name. Thinking of other Irish/Gaelic names for the next DC.

I love the name Doireann but am not keen on its meaning ("sullen" according to most sources).

I came across Soireann on another thread, meaning brightness or serene, calm weather, which sounds lovely. I don't recognise it as Irish and think it's Scottish. I would pronounce it "Sirren". Any native speakers who could steer me right on this?

SmugairleRoin Sun 04-Oct-15 18:47:08

What about Muireann? Beautiful Irish name.
I'm Irish too though so not sure on Soireann pronunciation.

aoife24 Sun 04-Oct-15 21:13:22

A bit like Seerun I think.

Diggum Sun 04-Oct-15 22:22:55

Yes Muireann is fab but similarly I always wonder if it's "mwuren" or "murren".

I love angsting over minor details! grin

expatinscotland Sun 04-Oct-15 22:25:57

How about Roisin? That's a good name smile.

Have you got any boy names picked out? Struan is a good boy's name smile.

SmugairleRoin Sun 04-Oct-15 22:37:56

I love Irish names. I've been considering Fiadh, Siofra, Liadan, Etain, Roise, Ailbhe, Riona, Taillte, Saoirse, Aifric if any of those appeal - I'm having a girl though so not thought about boys names!

The Muireann I know pronounces it like Mwirin.

SmugairleRoin Sun 04-Oct-15 22:40:07

Those names need fadas btw, I just cant on mobile.

Aoibheann is also lovely!

SmugairleRoin Sun 04-Oct-15 22:42:41

Some of those names need fadas, I just can't do it on mobile...

Aoibheann is lovely too.

SmugairleRoin Sun 04-Oct-15 22:43:54

Oops, thought that hadn't posted last time - dodgy phone decided to shut down on full battery!

mathanxiety Sun 04-Oct-15 23:02:31

It is Irish, though not used as a name up to fairly recently. Doireann was adopted as a name a few decades ago but I think Soireann is catching up.

It is pronounced Sirren, and for extra marks for authenticity you make the R into a faintly Z sound.

Muireann should ideally be Mwirrin, not Murren.

Diggum Mon 05-Oct-15 00:18:38

Roisin, Roise and a lot of smugairle's choices are on the shortlist already.

Boy's name likely to be Fionn, Rian or Cathal.

Thanks for the pronunciation math. I used to work in a Gaeltacht area so I know what you mean about the z sound.

Thanks for the input all!

Sgoinneal Mon 05-Oct-15 09:08:56

I'd pronounce it Suh-ren (I speak Scottish Gaelic).
I don't know it as a word or a name, so that suggests to me it's Irish or maybe a dialect word that I've not encountered. Happens a lot mind you! And it's been proven in other examples that sometimes my vowels are not Standard Gaelic smile

Soirbheas (suh-ruh-vaysh) means a nice, fair breeze - there is definitely a weather link there.

Diggum Mon 05-Oct-15 10:04:55

Thanks Sgoinneal. I'll have to get out my Irish dictionary when I get home and see if it's there.

Soirbheas is a lovely word. Such a beautiful language.

expatinscotland Mon 05-Oct-15 11:33:25

Nothing wrong with Scottish names wink.

Sgoinneal Mon 05-Oct-15 13:25:23

Just saw math's post! Glad the mystery is solved smile

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