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Sunshine511 Sun 17-Apr-16 20:29:30

Hi everyone,

Asking on behalf of a friend with this one. What do you think?

Thanks smile

FluffyPickleMonster Sun 17-Apr-16 20:33:03

I think it's lovely! I know a couple of Maireads my age and they don't seem to mind their names! One has Irish parents and the other doesn't smile

Notthisnotthat Sun 17-Apr-16 20:34:29

Love it! Reminds me of my very lovely English teacher.

DuchessofQuirm Sun 17-Apr-16 20:34:43

Are you in Ireland or Scotland? If neither then be prepared for no one being able to pronounce it or spell it. I love it though, we use the Scottish version (My rid).

Sgoinneal Sun 17-Apr-16 20:43:47

Love, both pronunciations

Sophronia Sun 17-Apr-16 21:40:40

I like it

DramaAlpaca Sun 17-Apr-16 21:43:13

Beautiful name.

Mrsmulder Sun 17-Apr-16 21:54:25

Lovely name, it was on my list for dd but we have an 'm' surname so decided against it. I am in England and I think people would be fine with pronunciation here but irish names are popular in my region

LonestarStateOfMind Sun 17-Apr-16 22:33:42

It's a really lovely name.

Unfortunately I now associate it with Mairead Philpott sad

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sun 17-Apr-16 22:37:20

Me too Lonestar sad

dancemom Sun 17-Apr-16 22:41:08

How would you pronounce it? Irish or Scottish? Mah-raid or My-rid?

HeadsTailsHillsandDales Sun 17-Apr-16 23:19:07

DD was almost a Mairead - the Scottish pronounciation (My-redt). It's lovely. But we decided against it as I was fairly sure that she'd get "Mi-raid" more often than not, even in Scotland and certainly elsewhere. I don't love the Irish pronounciation in the same way (but possibly just because we are not Irish!).

squoosh Sun 17-Apr-16 23:24:55

I'm not hugely keen. Even less keen on the Scottish pronunciation.

WhatILoved Mon 18-Apr-16 07:26:33

I just think of that horrid philpot lady sorry!

DerelictMyBalls Mon 18-Apr-16 09:13:49

I really like it.

Haven't heard of Mairead Philpott (and don't think I want to)

MollyCule Mon 18-Apr-16 13:09:17

This is my sister's middle name and I have always really liked it. I'm Irish and didn't realise that there's a different Scottish pronunciation. I also have an Irish name and personally wouldn't worry about the issue of spelling, as long as people can pronounce it when they're told what it should be.

Floralnomad Mon 18-Apr-16 13:11:39

I also automatically think Philpott ,sorry .

pinkcan Mon 18-Apr-16 13:14:20

I also think of Mairead Philpott sad

Brightside65 Tue 19-Apr-16 07:29:48

My friends name, which a couldn't spell for years. She said it's been a great conversation starter when she introduces herself

LadyAntonella Tue 19-Apr-16 12:57:48

I also immediately think Philpott sorry. Even if I didn't, I don't really like it.

I kind of like Maura though which is similar.

TheKingSits Tue 19-Apr-16 13:07:12

I'm in Scotland and have only ever heard the Mah - raid pronunciation... I know one aged 30 and one aged 3.

midsomermurderess Thu 21-Apr-16 19:34:25

Was my mother's name, with the Irish pronounciation , so I'm fond of it. Is it not regarded as old-fashioned in Ireland now though?

ArmfulOfRoses Thu 21-Apr-16 19:47:58

I love it, it makes me think of one of my oldest friends (we're mid thirties), and she is wonderful.
She is Irish so it's mer-raid.

IoraRua Thu 21-Apr-16 21:24:44

To me it's a middle aged name, sorry. But if you live abroad and that doesn't bother you then I imagine it's not an issue.
Nothing wrong with it otherwise.

DiscordiaVanDiemen Fri 22-Apr-16 15:13:09

I have a friend named Mairead, not middle aged, but in her early 20s! I remember she was impressed that I could both pronounce her name correctly and knew how to spell it, so I think she does have trouble with people not being able to do either!

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