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Setanta or Oisín?

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Annarose2014 Wed 09-Mar-16 10:17:32

I've always really liked the legend of Setanta and it's a name that can be pronounced by non - Irish people too. And it's a bit less common which I like.

BUT: the fucking TV station!

With Oisín, it's cute and I don't know anyone who dislikes it.

BUT: impossible to pronounce outside Ireland? Will it be a total pain as an adult?

Opinions please! grin

ThirstyNell Wed 09-Mar-16 10:21:12

Are you in Ireland??? Love Oisin, people will learn how to pronounce it, if you're abroad.
Setanta is awful, anywhere.

DramaAlpaca Wed 09-Mar-16 10:24:29

Oisín is lovely and not difficult to pronounce once you know how to say it.

I'm not a fan of Setanta at all.

NameChangeEr Wed 09-Mar-16 10:27:17

Oisìn all the way. Who cares if you have to tell people to pronounce it? It will only be once and it is a weird MN obsession for the "poor child" I think my name needed spelling is awesome and different

Annarose2014 Wed 09-Mar-16 10:30:22

We're in Ireland so I have no qualms about the pronunciation here.

But I have a name impossible to pronounce outside Ireland and tbh it's always been a bit irritating.

MagicPotion Wed 09-Mar-16 10:32:31

Oisin is a wonderful name. Yeah, the non-Irish will fluff pronunciation first time they see it but they'll get used to it.

Setanta - you just can't get away from the sports channel, I'm afraid grin.

SoupDragon Wed 09-Mar-16 10:35:42

I have bog all idea how to pronounce Oisín but I still prefer it to Sentanta!

(Actually, it's not bog all idea as I know it has a nice sound and is a popular name from reading about it on MN.)

SoupDragon Wed 09-Mar-16 10:36:06

Setanta. Not Sentanta.

RockUnit Wed 09-Mar-16 11:10:28

I like Oisín.

Setanta sounds feminine to me, I think because it ends in a. It also reminds me of Santa.

PaulAnkaTheDog Wed 09-Mar-16 11:16:51

Setanta is the sports channel to me, not a name. Sorry.

MNetter15 Wed 09-Mar-16 11:20:48

Doesn't Amanda what's her face have a ds called Setanta? I don't like it at all, sorry.

I love Oisin (can't seem to do the fada)

JanetOfTheApes Wed 09-Mar-16 11:21:33

I know loads of Oisins, they have no bother once they say it once, its not like some of the tough ones (Caoilfhionn or Risteárd, anyone?)

My cousin is Setanta. He predates the channel but he hates it now because everyone mentions that. And his wifes english family call him Sultana (they think its funny, he less so).

So yeah, Oisin gets my vote.

Annarose2014 Wed 09-Mar-16 11:24:48

Oh God, Sultana. ...

I'm glad I posted - I didn't realise it'd be so unanimous!

TeaPleaseLouise Wed 09-Mar-16 11:26:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DontKillMyVibe Wed 09-Mar-16 11:26:17

I know a few Oisin's in London and no one seems to have a problem with the pronounication of it. Those that did/do are told once and then get it right - it's pretty easy to remember.

Setanta is awful, sorry. Mainly due to the TV channel ruining it!

UsernamesAreAPainInTheBalls Wed 09-Mar-16 11:35:01

I like them both equally but I know what you mean about the TV channel. If you like setanta what about Senan? I think it's lovely and easily pronounced outside Ireland although fwiw my sister is living in the uk (we're Irish) and has a completely simple Irish name (think Orla/emer kind of name) and she still has people spelling and saying it wrong confused

YakTriangle Wed 09-Mar-16 11:37:44

I didn't even know Setanta was a name outside of the tv station. If I had heard it before reading this thread I'd have assumed they were named after it, like kids in America being named ESPN.

Eigg Wed 09-Mar-16 11:40:44

I'm Scottish and know how to pronounce Oisin, I have no idea how Setanta is pronounced (never heard of the station).

Scarydinosaurs Wed 09-Mar-16 11:40:51

Oisin is absolutely one of my favourite names. If I didn't have a DD Orlaith and a sister Roisin I would use it (too similar to Roisin and I'd rather avoid siblings with the same initials).

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 09-Mar-16 11:46:41

I've never really liked the name Oisín, it reminds me of 'gushing'. But it's probably more well known in the UK since Jeremy Clarkson clobbered one!

I know a young Setanta and I always think the name is a bit unwieldy, plus it's a bit like calling your kid Hercules isn't it? A lot to live up to. And yeah, the TV channel.

Annarose2014 Wed 09-Mar-16 11:54:28

Senan has already been nabbed by my friends son, unfortunately. sad

lljkk Wed 09-Mar-16 11:56:48

Is Oisin said more like OHsheen or oSHEN?

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 09-Mar-16 11:59:00

It sounds like uh-sheen.

lljkk Wed 09-Mar-16 12:00:10

UH-sheen or uhSHEEN? Which syllable is emphasis?
On youtube I thought it was like OHsheen, but somehow the sheen part is shorter than a usual full ee sound.

Annarose2014 Wed 09-Mar-16 12:01:20


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