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Cloeycat Mon 05-Sep-16 09:55:43

I'm Irish and DP and his family are very English. We've agreed on a nice Irish girls name however I am struggling with a boys name that won't be butchered by the English side of the family.

My favorites at the moment are the following, but any suggestions would be welcome- especially ones that are not considered 'difficult' to people from the UK (obviously I don't find any of them difficult as I grew up with them so struggling with this!)


Tollygunge Mon 05-Sep-16 09:56:20

We're considering some of these so following with interest

Sophronia Mon 05-Sep-16 10:09:47

I love Oisin and like Fionn and Sean



wigglesrock Mon 05-Sep-16 10:10:53


DramaAlpaca Mon 05-Sep-16 10:45:26

We had the same dilemma, OP, trying to pick Irish names that the English side of the family (mine) could say without mangling them.

We managed it - two of my sons' names are on this thread grin

Get your DP to say each name, & if he can pronounce them so they sound OK to you, you might be able to narrow down your list.

I love all the names on your list, btw.

Tabsicle Mon 05-Sep-16 14:04:51


I love those. They are all names I'd love to give my DS if we had any Irish heritage closer than great-grandparent!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 05-Sep-16 14:20:40


PleaseGetOffTheTableDarling Mon 05-Sep-16 14:25:21

Don't worry too much about English family butchering the names - it'll happen no matter what you choose! Within my immediate family we have a Sean, a Seamus and a Cillian, which I would have thought were fairly well known/easy to guess.
They are, with depressing regularity, rechristened Seen, See-mus and Silly-un.

Cloeycat Mon 05-Sep-16 14:40:08

Some of my favorites have been mentioned above (Cathal!) and unfortunately already been ruled out by OH as being too difficult 😢 So really trying to stick with simple ones so I can get my wish off calling my kids Irish names while also pleasing himself.

Senan is quite cool and one I had forgotten about, will add that to my list for sure. Niall and Ronan are both easy and I like them in theory- but there was two mean boys in my class with those names growing up!

Thanks for your help so far guys. Also I'm strongly resisting the urge to pretend to have a particular fondness for something 'impossible' like Aodhgan or Feidhlim so my actual choices suddenly seem much more palatable 😜

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:08:35

If you don't want English people to butcher it it'll have to be pronounced phonetically like it is spelled.

Out of your list I'd say only Oisin is too hard for English people.

I'm English living in Ireland so I've a good idea how these names are supposed to be pronounced and how I would say them if I didn't know any better.

Maybe Sean is too hard sometimes as well.

Cian is v popular for boys in Dublin at the mo. Also Finn. Rory (ruari too hard).

Sgoinneal Mon 05-Sep-16 17:12:22

I love Cormac, Fearghal, Fergus, Niall.

I think people in mainland uk would be ok with Diarmuid, Seamus, Ruairi, Cian.

I love Odhran and Oisin but agree they may be hard for non-Irish speakers.

sleepachu Mon 05-Sep-16 17:14:06

Oisin is gorgeous, pick that!

TyrionLannistersShadow Mon 05-Sep-16 17:16:37

Oran ( I prefer the proper spelling of Odhrán but Oran would be easier )

Darragh, although you could spell it Dara I guess.

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:34:11

Very few English person are going to get se, seimi, diarmuid, Ruairi or even seamus right. (Sorry no fadas). They're all lovely but they just won't get it right.

My fil is seamus and my rellies can't get it, they can't even get Carmel!!!! You can see a little thoughtful look pass over their face whenever they need to say the names and they have to think how!!!!

I have a friend Aoife who's name English people always get wrong and one called grainne (grainne gets called grainy!!! And Aoife even gets called 'squiggly name'!)

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:35:05

You could have shay so English people can say se.

Sgoinneal Mon 05-Sep-16 17:42:50

Nationalities and languages aside, surely if you're told a name once, that's it, you know how to pronounce it. I get that it would be tough always being the first X that anyone had encountered. That's fair enough. Surely though after that it's just rude not to get the name right? We are surely doing the good folk of England a disservice by assuming ignorance? (heat that baffles me so much - have they not encountered anyone from a non Anglophone background?)

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:49:14

Yes they have and they try, but it's just so different from the way they would 'naturally' say things they can't get it right.

Some names they can get right that are surprising though, like Siobhan! Maybe coz they didn't see it written down first?

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:50:18

It's like it's going against the wiring in their brain or something!!!!

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:57:33

Where do you live op? If you live in Ireland I wouldn't think it matters for a name that might be a bit hard for some English people. Only if it's a really hard name like Domhnaill or something.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Mon 05-Sep-16 18:03:37

I love Liam (have one myself) and Patrick, I just think they're nice, classic names. Seamus is a good one, of course wink and I love Oisin. Really beautiful and I've only ever heard of one, so he won't be one of 10 in class at school - I seriously considered it during pregnancy but DSs dad has a difficult surname so I wanted to keep his first name simple.

Cloeycat Mon 05-Sep-16 18:22:47

Currently live in UK but will probably end up back in Ireland at some point in the next 10 years.

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 18:25:39

Well then how ds will get on in school would be a consideration.

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MrsRyanGosling15 Mon 05-Sep-16 18:29:41

One of my all time favourite irish names is Éanán pronounced like n-nan. I know a girl married to someone called this. You can find a slight variation of it in some name books but over the course of 3 children I have never found it. It's an old name and even here Ireland he says he has never in his life met another one or even met anyone who knew the name. If would of loved to use the name but couldn't. Also love Cuan.

babyblabber Mon 05-Sep-16 20:15:18

Please use Senan, so gorgeous!

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