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(26 Posts)
IslaMann Sat 09-Jan-16 11:12:39

DH suggested Orlagh yesterday (after we thought we'd agreed another name,) which I love but I prefer Orla as spelling, as I feel the 'gh' looks a little harsh and will lead to both mispronunciation and misspelling. He feels that neither will be a problem, particularly since his name has 2 different spellings. What do you guys prefer? (We have a Scottish surname, Mc---- )

Novus Sat 09-Jan-16 11:18:14

Orla, I have a friend named the same and she is SO grateful her parents went for Orla. It looks prettier, too.

Emochild Sat 09-Jan-16 11:20:00


HeffalumpTrap Sat 09-Jan-16 11:20:16

I have a(n Irish) friend named Orla, such a pretty name

TheSecondViola Sat 09-Jan-16 11:22:26

We spell it Orlaith, but for your choice I would go for Orla.

AngelsWithFilthySouls Sat 09-Jan-16 11:23:52

It was our girl's name had DS been a DD and would have spelt it Orlaith. From your choices I'd go with Orla.

wonderpants Sat 09-Jan-16 11:26:19


royaldub Sat 09-Jan-16 11:47:08

Another vote for Orla here

ShowOfHands Sat 09-Jan-16 11:48:52

I know one and she is Orlaith. Orla if you're choosing between those two spellings.

villainousbroodmare Sat 09-Jan-16 13:03:15

I actually love the look of Orlagh. But if you have any concerns about mispronunciation or if you don't like the look of it, then definitely opt for Orla. Lovely name.

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 09-Jan-16 13:17:07

Definitely Orla. Orlagh isn't any more 'authentic' if that's his reason for suggesting that particular spelling.

geekaMaxima Sat 09-Jan-16 13:36:10

Orlagh isn't any more 'authentic' if that's his reason for suggesting that particular spelling.

^ this

If you want "authenticity", it's Órfhlaith grin Pronounced with a long O, like in "note" (not a short O, like in "not").

Orlaith is a spelling modernisation in Irish (dropping silent fh), and Orla is a further modernisation again (dropping silent ith). Orlagh is a bit madey-uppy but not uncommon.

Orla wins smile

leoniethelioness Sat 09-Jan-16 13:47:34


squoosh Sat 09-Jan-16 21:23:22

Orla. As mentioned, it's actually more traditional than Orlagh.

HeffalumpTrap Sat 09-Jan-16 22:32:39

That was quite interesting maxima, you should team up with Stephen Fry, I'd watch.

DramaAlpaca Sat 09-Jan-16 22:45:54


MagicFinger Sat 09-Jan-16 22:47:48


CocktailQueen Sat 09-Jan-16 22:48:58

Orla! I don't like the 'gh' either.

wigglesrock Sat 09-Jan-16 23:08:59

Orla - I know quite a few and its either Orla or Orlaith.

Coldtoeswarmheart Sat 09-Jan-16 23:20:54


ThomasRichard Sat 09-Jan-16 23:25:10


As a softy southerner I'd say 'Orlagh' as Or-lag and then get all confused and embarrassed when I was corrected.

IssyStark Sat 09-Jan-16 23:26:01

Orla. Grew up in Ireland and never ever came across a Orlagh but plenty of Orlas.

geekaMaxima Sat 09-Jan-16 23:28:22

Heffalump grin

DontKillMyVibe Sat 09-Jan-16 23:29:07

Have never come across the 'gh' spelling before. Orlaith or Orla. Not really keen on the 'gh' - looks as if it's just spelt wrong.

IslaMann Sun 10-Jan-16 13:27:34

Thanks all. Showed DH your replies last night, he just said "hmmm". Over lunch today tho he has said he thinks Orla will be the best option. (Tho with an accent over the O - Órla. )

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