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ladylucky Sat 11-Mar-17 05:08:11

We have a list of Irish boys names picked. However I'm struggling with girls names. We live in England and dh is English so needs to be reasonably easy to say and spell.

My favourite girls names are Cliona and Clodagh. Cliona is out as the accent where we live sounds like cleaner.

Girls name we've considered

Clodagh (I love husband likes)
Emer (discounted )
Cora (husbands preference and although gorgeous failing on the Irish criteria)
Eavan (I like this and can live with the spelling but reminds dh of Evan! -out)

Hit me up with some suggestions. Thanks x

RuthB4 Sat 11-Mar-17 06:30:30


But I actually LOVE Cora! Especially when pronounced in an Irish accent! grin

Spudlet Sat 11-Mar-17 06:34:07

I love Aoife, it's a beautiful name. Although I'm going to guess that the pronunciation will give quite a few people pause... depends if you think that will bother you (or your DD) or not smile

If I'd had a little girl, Aoife was definitely on my list (DH was less sure mind you, due to the pronunciation thing!).

Sistafromanuthamista Sat 11-Mar-17 06:45:04

Why does it have to be Irish? Could you have an Irish middle name if you both like Cora?

What about Cara? Orla?

Rockaby Sat 11-Mar-17 07:13:18

My favourite Irish girl names are easy to say and spell I think:

Ailis / Ailish

Also quite like Alana, Aisling and Niamh.

ladylucky Sat 11-Mar-17 08:33:12

I love Sorcha too but it's tricky to pronounce correctly if you aren't Irish.

Aisling is a good suggestion. Ciara doesn't work with our surname. Orla and caoimhe and meath are lovely but used by family and friends.

Sista it doesn't have to be Irish but I would really like it to be. Baby is going to grow up in England (which is grand as obviously I've chosen to be here very happily) but I would like it to be have its heritage represented.

ladylucky Sat 11-Mar-17 08:33:51

Meabh....autocorrect fail

ElspethFlashman Sat 11-Mar-17 08:36:36

Cara is getting very popular in Ireland at the moment and is easy to spell and pronounce.

ladylucky Sat 11-Mar-17 08:38:57

Rockaby I stand corrected!! Just tried googling Sorcha for a pronunciation guide and it's OK for DH. I think it's in my accent it makes it sounds like the vowels are more elongated.

I'm delighted as this might work!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 11-Mar-17 08:54:39

Clodagh is lovely OP, as is Roisin.

Rockaby Sat 11-Mar-17 09:01:31

Hooray lady! I love it. I'm Irish and my English DH always vetoes my Irish name suggestions angry, so I hope you can use it smile.

missyB1 Sat 11-Mar-17 09:03:47

Maeve and Orlagh are my favourites. I'm all for Irish names,my ds is Patrick smile

Sophronia Sat 11-Mar-17 09:28:02

Love Clodagh!

Cara (I've seen Caragh as a spelling too)

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sat 11-Mar-17 10:26:32


PointlessUsername Sat 11-Mar-17 10:31:10


Its a surname originally but i like Fallon.

TheCakes Sat 11-Mar-17 10:32:08

Yes to Roisin, Orla

How would you pronounce Sorcha? I haven't come across the name before but read it Sore-sha. My accent has a strong R and it sounds lovely.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sat 11-Mar-17 10:37:38


HughLauriesStubble Sat 11-Mar-17 10:39:39

Sorcha is usually pronounced sur-ka smile I'm Irish and my faves are-


HughLauriesStubble Sat 11-Mar-17 10:40:48

Oh and Éilis too smile

CashelGirl Sat 11-Mar-17 10:44:41

We have a little Bridie at our SE London school which I love. Xx

Rockaby Sat 11-Mar-17 11:15:27

I love Bridget with nn Bridie. Really sweet.

ladylucky Sat 11-Mar-17 11:32:40

Both my name and middle name have appeared up thread which is nice. Sorcha can be sor-a-ka or more like sur a ka depending on regions in Ireland. However DH has no dealed it.

I like fiadh but sounds when DH says it like fear....not so attractive. Laoise is lovely but already used by family.

Clodagh might win out!I just want him to love it too!

MadeForThis Sat 11-Mar-17 11:44:16


VeryPunny Sat 11-Mar-17 11:52:26

Oonagh - knew sisters called Maeve, Patricia and Oonagh growning up. DD's birthday is St Patrick's day and my Dad was miffed we didn't call her Patricia!

BounceBounceSplishSplash Sat 11-Mar-17 16:56:38

Cora & Maeve are my favourites.

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