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Mobhí (boy)

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Aiwo Sun 05-Jun-16 14:27:13

I thought we had settled on a boy name months ago but then my DH throws this out in his crisis that the boy name isn't 'priestly' enough.

So thoughts?
(We don't live in Ireland)

IoraRua Sun 05-Jun-16 15:38:22

I'd be interested to see if posters get the pronunciation of it. I live in Ireland so I can, but imagine a lot of people might think it's Mob-Hi.
Not that that would put me off a name - if they can learn to say Hermione, they'll learn Mobhi - but something to consider. I like the name.

Why does the boy name need to be priestly, exactly?

ElspethFlashman Sun 05-Jun-16 15:41:46

I'm Irish so I get how its pronounced. But I've also honestly never ever heard of it! confused

I Googled it and apparently it was the name of some Abbot in Glasnevin????

MrsSpecter Sun 05-Jun-16 15:43:33

Another irish one here so i get it but also never heard of it.

Also wondering why a name has to be "priestly"? confused

Blu Sun 05-Jun-16 15:47:01

I couldn't even find the pronounciation on Google.

Out2pasture Sun 05-Jun-16 15:49:16

Not familiar with the pronouciation at all. Can someone explain please.

Bloomp Sun 05-Jun-16 15:49:25


IoraRua Sun 05-Jun-16 15:49:42

There is a Scoil Mobhi (scoil = school) so I'm familiar with the name from that. It's certainly not a current name, it's like naming a child Engelbert or Fridwulfa. Nothing wrong with it per se but it's quite an unusual selection OP!

Blu Sun 05-Jun-16 15:50:36

I am sure it is a lovely name but outside Ireland it may be hard for people to say, spell, type... (I don't know how to do those ' things on top of letter blush ).

I realise this is my cultural ignorance, but constantly educating folk can be wearing.

ElspethFlashman Sun 05-Jun-16 15:51:05

I think naming a child a name that requires a BH to be pronounced as a V outside of Ireland could constitute cruel and unusual punishment, tbh.

KanyesVest Sun 05-Jun-16 15:51:16

It makes me think of the AA road watch updates on the radio! I never thought of it being a person's name instead of a road, but I like it.

MrsSpecter Sun 05-Jun-16 15:51:32

Its not hard to say at all. confused

Blu Sun 05-Jun-16 15:52:02

Thanks Bloomp: that is what I would have guessed, from knowing some other Irish names.

Blu Sun 05-Jun-16 15:53:27

It's not hard to say once you know, no.
But I think most people unfamiliar with Irish names would say 'Moby'

IoraRua Sun 05-Jun-16 15:53:30

That's called a fada, Blu.
It wouldn't be hard to teach people to say it I think, just look at the rise in Niamh and Aoife on here. It's not difficult to say but it's an odd choice.

MrsSpecter Sun 05-Jun-16 15:56:59

And when they say moby you just say "mo-vee"and then they know. smile

Raines100 Sun 05-Jun-16 16:18:34

I'm English and unsurprisingly have never heard of it. Once someone had identified that it was Irish, I could pronounce it correctly. I know mh is v and í is ee. However, I didn't know on sight that it was Irish, so I would have said Moby like Moby Dick

WuTangFlan Sun 05-Jun-16 16:22:48

Father Mobhi is a bit of a mouthful if your DH is worried about "priestly" names.

What was the name you liked? I bet there's a saint named after him.

RiverTam Sun 05-Jun-16 16:28:50

But people know how to pronounce Siobhan, don't they? I mean, once you've been told you don't forget. So from that point of view I think it's fine.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Sun 05-Jun-16 16:38:33

Like Raines, I could work it out from the Ireland clue. Before opening the thread I was guessing at Moby or Mob-hee.

KnightC Sun 05-Jun-16 16:43:21

I don't like it, sorry

Blu Sun 05-Jun-16 17:42:45

Thanks Iora.

If I was Irish I would probably champion a Gaelic name with the proper spelling, and resent the anglicisatiom of so many names: I'd probably feel quite assertive, if not militant, about it. I like culturally specific names.

But it is as well to know what you will be in for if it is an unfamiliar name with a spelling not widely understood in other countries. DS has something that needs explaining (not name) and he finds it tiresome.

MadameDePomPom Sun 05-Jun-16 17:42:55

Reminds me of the road in Glasnevin. Never thought of it as a person's name.

MadameDePomPom Sun 05-Jun-16 17:45:25

An why do you need a 'priestly' name? Are you planning on shipping him off to a seminary?

LadyAntonella Sun 05-Jun-16 17:46:11

River beat me to it - how many Siobhans are there in England and people get how to pronounce that so I think they'd probably get this. Even I knew how to pronounce it and I speak barely any Irish (though I am Irish). That said, I hadn't heard of he name and don't really like it personally. It's not horrible though.

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