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Irish Name spelling - asking those with Irish knowledge

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birchygoo Tue 11-Oct-16 15:31:08

we have settled on a boys name and we love Cahir. However we have been looking at alternative spellings.

Cathair - which I like until it is broken down into Cat Hair (which I know will happen in school smile

Cathaoir - which is chair - I cant call him chair!

Any thoughts on a preference - will be said in Ulster dialect.

villainousbroodmare Tue 11-Oct-16 19:04:48

Can you explain the origin and meaning of the name?

BruceBogtrotter101 Tue 11-Oct-16 19:08:25

Cathal pronounced Kay-hill?

MaudGonneMad Tue 11-Oct-16 19:08:44

Cahir as Cahir Healy? Why not just stick with the spelling as you have it?

ElspethFlashman Tue 11-Oct-16 19:11:19

Cahir as in the town?

Its pronounced Care, so I would think the simplest thing would just be to leave out the H and spell it Cair.

Nyancat Tue 11-Oct-16 19:12:20

My preference would be cahir though autocorrect may drive you mad changing it to chair! I love the name, and am in the north so would prob pronounce it the same as you would. Means warrior doesn't it?

hollyisalovelyname Tue 11-Oct-16 19:24:35

Cathair is city in Irish

PotatoBread Wed 12-Oct-16 09:02:04

Cahair (no t and with 2 a's) is the only way I know it spelt and how (Irish) people I know with the name spell it

In my accent it's sort of prounounced Ka-her.

Imaginosity Wed 12-Oct-16 09:18:05

I've never come across anyone with this name - I'm in Ireland. Did you find it in a book of baby names?

PotatoBread Wed 12-Oct-16 09:29:18

I prefer Cathal tbh - it's less harsh sounding

GizmoFrisby Wed 12-Oct-16 09:40:16

Are u Irish OP?

user1471134011 Wed 12-Oct-16 09:42:53

Never heard it before but can see how it would would. If you live over here though, you might want to go with the simplest spelling

user1471134011 Wed 12-Oct-16 09:43:22

Would work! FFS iPhone!

harrietm87 Wed 12-Oct-16 10:35:39

I know someone called cahir. It's nice but I also prefer cathal. Ceallach and Cormac are other similar options. You'd have no spelling issues with cormac!

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 12-Oct-16 12:06:50

I've never heard of it as a person's name. I only know it as a place name. And the town sounds like 'care'.

And you definitely cannot call him Cathair. 'Cathair’ is the Irish word for city. Make life easy for him and just use the Cahir spelling. I might cause offence here (and aplos if I do!) but I have noticed that some people from NI go out of their way to look for the most obscure spelling of an Irish name that they can find. Orfhlaith instead of Orla etc.

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 12-Oct-16 12:25:18

Cathair and Cathaoir are both pronounced completely differently than each other and Cahir. So you can't really use those spellings.

harrietm87 Wed 12-Oct-16 12:48:12

I don't think it's just people from NI mitzy. Plenty in the south and UK too.

hollyisalovelyname Wed 12-Oct-16 12:59:06

Michael Davitt - famous agitator for land rights for Irish tenant farmers and founder of the Land League had a son called Cahir. He became a judge.

MaudGonneMad Wed 12-Oct-16 13:47:54

Cahir Healy was prob the best-known northern nationalist politician after Joe Devlin in the period after partition.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 12-Oct-16 13:55:19

I've just googled Cahir Healy and another present day Cahir Healy has also come up. His Twitter profile says '29. Primary Teacher. Hurling/Football. Portlaoise. It's Cahir not Care' grin

Afo Wed 12-Oct-16 13:58:52

The cathair and cathaoir that I know are both pronounced exactly the same and we are ulster. I was going to suggest cahir also! I think they are all much of a muchness to be honest. If you aren't in Ireland i'd probably go for cathaoir or cahir so the cat hair thing isn't broken down.

Afo Wed 12-Oct-16 14:01:06

Mitzy none of those spellings are obscure!! All completely common where I'm from!

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 12-Oct-16 14:04:05

Mitzy none of those spellings are obscure!! All completely common where I'm from!

No offence but it seems you're from a place where naming a person 'chair' or 'city' is normal.

OP don't name your son 'chair' or 'city'.

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 12-Oct-16 15:47:58

In my accent:

Cahir = care or CAH-hir
Cathair = COH-hir
Cathaoir = cah-HEER

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 12-Oct-16 15:48:14

Sorry I mean coh-HEER

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