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Grizzer Tue 22-Dec-15 18:43:44

Dh is Irish & wants our baby to have an Irish name. Trouble is we live in London so the poor child will always have to spell it or help people pronounce it. DD is Ciara (Keira) which is fairly simple but she still has to spell it for people & gets called Ci ar a (as in tiara) all the time.
We don't know if we're having a boy or a girl but dh likes Aiofe!! (eefa). I like the name but no one will ever be able to spell it or pronounce it.
Do you think it's too Irish for a child living in England?

Creatureofthenight Tue 22-Dec-15 18:50:44

There's quite a few girls called Aoife nowadays so a lot of people do know how it is pronounced, same with Niamh, Roisin, Siobhan.

Floggingmolly Tue 22-Dec-15 18:54:55

I had trouble with it initially (living in London 15 years now), but it's become fairly popular recently, for some reason. Don't get quite so many what??'s these days smile

Grizzer Tue 22-Dec-15 19:08:12

Thank you. I might let him have it then! You should have seen my mum's face when I said it to her grin. I like Maeve. Might try getting that in to his subconscious while he's asleep...
Could be a boy though!

RiverTam Tue 22-Dec-15 19:28:54

But people will learn. I was at school with a Siobhan and after hearing and seeing the name a couple of times it just stuck.

VocationalGoat Tue 22-Dec-15 19:32:50

I love Aiofe and there are quite a few at DD's primary school. I have an Irish name, grew up in the States with an Irish mother.
Irish names are on the up, if you ask me.
I love Roisin and Saoirse as well.

Irishkez Tue 22-Dec-15 19:44:43

Love Aoife!

I'm Irish but living in Scotland, I work in paediatric ward and we now get so many more Irish names and my colleagues never seem to have any problems now with the more popular ones such as Niamh, Aoife, una etc. I love Maeve too mind you!

wigglesrock Tue 22-Dec-15 20:34:56

Aoife is nice - very popular where I live (NI), I think you'd be fine with it. I think I prefer Meave or what about Emer?

IHaveBrilloHair Tue 22-Dec-15 20:38:01

I have a 14yr old Niamh and live in Scotland, most people get it now as it's become more well known

Mince314 Tue 22-Dec-15 20:42:42

I'm Irish and I can suggest a few lovely names that aren't difficult for anybody with half a brain. However wine , having read comments on mumsnet, it seems that even names that pre-date brian boru are considered chav in some circles. That was a surprise to me, I had thought that that xenophobia would be recognised for what it is but no. ie, Conor, Ireland's High king "chav" apparently according to some English people. confused

Aoife is very simple in my view. It has the same vibe as Anna or Emma or Ella to me. Just a simple name. But it will be perceived very differently in the UK.

I considered Clodagh Maeve. I liked Diarmuid for a boy.

Emer is ok but it's a bit of a middle aged name. I like Siún ( shoon )and Fraoch FRAYoch too. They're my favourite Irish girls names. I think it's better that they're not so easily pigeon holed by the UK ear.

Mince314 Tue 22-Dec-15 20:51:02

ps, what will the child's sur name be?

I think if the child has an Irish sur name, then an Irish first name as well could be an over representation of your child's heritage - given that it will be half English and raised in the UK! But that's just one way of looking at things.

Grizzer Tue 22-Dec-15 20:53:31

Thank you all, nice to hear the positives. Nieces are Orla & Emer so those names are out.
I think we'll shortlist Aoife & Maeve for a girl, Aiden & Fergal for a boy. 3 weeks to go & all will be revealed!
I'm a teacher Mince so it's very hard not to judge names on people but Conor is definitely not chav compared to some of the classics I've heard!!

GrayJane Tue 22-Dec-15 21:14:38

I work in an international environment. There are a few girls with gorgeous Irish names, and unfortunately, its not so easy for them. They tend not to get mentioned publicly or introduced, simply for fear of people getting their names wrong. And when they do get mentioned, people cannot relate the name to the spelling, thus adding more confusion. Some of them have added phonetic pronunciation to their signature lines.

LynetteScavo Tue 22-Dec-15 21:23:37

Hmmm...shouldn't they have some of your heritage in their name?

My DC have an Irish surname, so we decided against Irish first names.

VocationalGoat Tue 22-Dec-15 21:24:42

Aiden was going to be my eldest's name, but alas, dad went off it and it never happened. Beautiful, beautiful name.
By the way, I mis-typed Aoife in my first post (it's different than 'misspelled', promise grin). So embarrassed. blush
I also love Cormac for a boy.

LynetteScavo Tue 22-Dec-15 21:25:15

Love the name Fergal!

AngelsWithFilthySouls Tue 22-Dec-15 21:32:31

Love Aoife and most people I know would know how to spell and pronounce (live in Scotland). I'd have loved it for a girl but too similar to a cousin's name. Orlaith would have been our girl's name.

Love Aiden too! Was on our list along with Ciaran (you obviously can't use that grin) and Finn.

ashesandfire Tue 22-Dec-15 21:42:13

Aoife is lovely, I think it's becoming more popular and well known? Im in the south east. I love Irish names, I think Niamh, Siobhan and Orlaith are quite well known. I love Caoimhe, Saoirse and Siofra.

Sophronia Tue 22-Dec-15 21:45:32

I'd spell Aidan this way (as opposed to Aiden)

Aoife is nice, but I prefer Maeve

Havalina1 Tue 22-Dec-15 22:04:00

I'm Irish and living in England. I gave my son an Irish name and yes it's causing problems but my take is people can manage to learn one new word surely.

Maeve is a stunning name. It's a classic and not over-used. Like Aoife too, but Maeve a bit more smile

Grizzer Tue 22-Dec-15 22:34:51

Ha ha Sophronia, I'd better learn to spell the names myself before I register the birth! I think it is 'an' rather than 'en' at the end. I spelt Aoife wrong too...
Surname isn't very Irish sounding Lynette. I think dh wants the Irish names as we live in England so I get my heritage for everything else.
I do like Eliza though. Might wait until he's watched me in labour for 30 hours before throwing that in to the mix. By then it will be what I say goes & don't even think about arguing with me!

GreenRug Wed 23-Dec-15 06:09:46

It's your choice Op obviously (!) but I adore the name Aoife.

MNetter15 Wed 23-Dec-15 11:16:19

Just be careful with spelling. Perhaps your OP was a typo, but the correct spelling is Aoife. Aoi = E sound. Aoibhe (Eva) similar too and also beautiful.

I had to laugh when Una from the Saturdays named her dd Aoife and I was reading the DailyMail comments 😳 and people were complaining about these crazy celebrity names, obviously not realising that in Ireland, Aoife would be like calling a baby Emily or Sarah in the UK!

myotherusernameisbetter Wed 23-Dec-15 14:21:01

I have a Ciar and some people get it straight away and some struggle the first time. I really like Caoimhe and Eithne (not having any more) but like all those mentioned so far too.

Lizziedripping1 Wed 23-Dec-15 20:44:08

Lots of Aoife here in rural England. Became very fashionable. I would go for Maeve

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