If he's ruaraidh he's going to have to deal with it being spelt the proper way, I have had disagreements with a friend over it but I have an unusual name, spelt diferently and think when you have to correct people it builds confidence etc... Subliminal character building ?? I am swaying more to Ozzie atm but his dad's having none of it... Any other middle name suggestions?
I like Ruairidh/Ruaraidh a lot and agree you should use a proper spelling . I'm not keen on Ozzie at all, is it short for something? Feels like it could be a cute nickname but I don't think I'd use it as a full name. John's lovely and underused, you seem to like y/ie/idh endings so he could be nn Johnny? Gaelic for this is Seonaidh (shawny) and is used as a full name.
Your dp obviously likes traditional names and you like unusual, I think your best bet is traditional name with nn you like.
Oh I like that! Thanks yeah you have hit the nail on the head we are going to have to find a happy medium, there are just so many factors to consider... Poor child is going to end up being called Bob if we don't agree as that's what's the bump is called x
OP You say you are thinking of finding a 'happy medium' name, and very best wishes to you for that - and for the baby when he arrives.
Just a quick note, IF, IF, IF you are still thinking of Ruairidh, as Sgoinneal says above, please spell it like that. In Gaelic, the 'ridh' at the end is the 'ree' sound (and incidentally is based on the Gaelic word for king); 'aidh' at the end of a word doesn't sound like that.
Ruairidh has many, many different spellings (some anglicised): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruaidr%C3%AD Some of them end in a simple 'ri', which also gives the 'ree' sound. None of them ends in 'aidh'.
Thanks flora! (Flora was up in my top girls names lol)! Yeah definitely want a Gaelic spelling but the reason I was keen for aidh was cause of how I tend to pronounce it myself, Ray at the end not ree, how is the aidh pronounced? Thank you for your comment
OP - I agree that an awful lot is down to accent. I'm absolutely not an expert but I think that 'aidh' at the end of a name often gives a short 'ih' sound (as in 'factaraidh' = factory or 'Mamaidh' = ' Mammy'). 'Aidh' at the end of a word does not usually give an 'ay' sound.
'idh' at the end gives a longer 'ee' sound (as in 'coffee' or 'toffee'), if you see what I mean.
But the difference will indeed depend on accent.
But - as always - your baby, your choice, and best wishes.