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Alba or Eira

(32 Posts)
withoutaname Sat 18-Feb-17 21:31:55

Which name do you think? Eira is pronounced Ayra. Any suggestions for a middle name for either? Thanks!

SallyInSweden Sat 18-Feb-17 21:34:10

Only possible middle name is Clare and/or Henrietta.

Notso Sat 18-Feb-17 21:45:27

Alba is lovely.
Not keen on Eira because of meaning.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 18-Feb-17 21:46:38

Alba Rosanne
Alba Zoe
Alba Jolene

EggsEleven Sat 18-Feb-17 22:02:38


Don't like the name Eira.

Alba Juliet sounds nice imo.

AlwaysTheWinner Sat 18-Feb-17 22:13:24

I prefer Eira. I think it's a lovely name. Alba sounds a bit harsh to me.

reuset Sat 18-Feb-17 22:20:11

Alba reminds me of eggs confused (albumen) and radio. Not my favourite.
Eira is ok

Mammatron Sat 18-Feb-17 22:22:17

I love Eira, one of my fave names!

guineapig1 Sat 18-Feb-17 22:25:18

I prefer Eira. It is a Welsh name and means "snow" if that has any bearing on your decision.

reuset Sat 18-Feb-17 22:26:03

Alba Juliet sounds nice imo
Sounds like police communicating via radio, Alpha Juliet grin

TheLegendOfBeans Sat 18-Feb-17 22:26:33

Alba is Gaelic for Scotland
Éire (pron "Eira") is Gaelic (mis-spell) for (Republic of) Ireland

So basically which one are you most "aligned" (?) to?

[Irish people I am trying to be sensitive so apologies if I've got something wrong, I'm Scottish, and no expert!)

EggsEleven Sat 18-Feb-17 22:27:21

True Reuset, never thought of that grin

reuset Sat 18-Feb-17 22:33:12

Sorry, I'm in a silly mood. Eggs and phonetic alphabet grin

It could look like a bad spelling of Eire, but I thought the OP meant the Welsh name.
I thought we had a running theme with an Italia thread further down the page

Sophronia Sat 18-Feb-17 22:42:56


user1477282676 Sat 18-Feb-17 22:43:23


Eira...I read as "Ee ra" and I think a lot will do and you will be correcting people a lot.

MrsPringles Sat 18-Feb-17 22:44:30

Oh I LOVE Alba

JujuMonster Sat 18-Feb-17 23:23:53

I read Eira as being the Welsh for snow rather than any Scottish/Irish connection.

Pronounced AY-ra but with a roll on the r.

Lovely name

alba does t do it for me personally

withoutaname Sun 19-Feb-17 07:47:23

Thanks everyone! My husband is Welsh so he suggested Eira. My favourite was Alba until then and now I'm torn. We're in England though so didn't know if it would get frustrating with Eira being spelt/pronounced wrong x

FrancisCrawford Sun 19-Feb-17 07:50:25

I agree Eira could easily be confused with Eire (can't do the fada)

bloodymaria Sun 19-Feb-17 07:52:12

Alba seems strange as a name unless you've got Scottish connections.

TheLegendOfBeans Sun 19-Feb-17 07:53:47

You're English (I assume?)
Husband is Welsh
Names in the frame are the native names for Ireland and Scotland

If you give a French and an Italian middle name you've got the Six Nations!

(Ps; I'm being lighthearted, I like Alba, mainly because it's regal - see Dutchess of Alba) x

Frazzled2207 Sun 19-Feb-17 08:38:26

Eira is nice (I'm Welsh) but I think in England would not be pronounced as nicely.
Last letter should be an a like the a in apple. In English there would be the tendency to pronounce it ay-ruh rather than ay-ra.

MrsMeeseeks Sun 19-Feb-17 08:42:28

I'm old, so Alba to me will always be the bargain basement stereo brand.

Notso Sun 19-Feb-17 09:06:47

Alba has meanings in other languages.

Eira will always be snow to me living in Wales and I don't think snow is a very nice name.

lavenderbongo Sun 19-Feb-17 09:12:56

Eira s my Mum's name and so think it's beautiful. She has not had many problems with mispronouciation or misspelling. However we've always pronounced it "Ira". My Mum is Welsh so presume her Welsh family pronounces is correctly.

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