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JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 15:39:37


I want a nod to Irish heritage without having something difficult to spell or pronounce for people in the UK - voice of experience!

Thoughts on the above, or any other suggestions that fit the bill?

harrietm87 Mon 10-Apr-17 15:52:04

Ita is lovely. Or Ciara, Eimear/Emer?

NoncommittalToSparkleMotion Mon 10-Apr-17 15:54:53

I love them all so not helpful.

But I'd say Clodagh probably would have spelling issues out of them all.

DramaAlpaca Mon 10-Apr-17 15:57:42

Una would get pronounced Yoona in the UK, rather than Oona.

Clodagh is a lovely name, but could have pronunciation issues too.

The rest of the list is fine.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 10-Apr-17 16:02:05


Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 10-Apr-17 16:02:52

The nicest on your list is Cara

Rockaby Mon 10-Apr-17 16:04:49

I love Cara, Tara and Orla.

How about Ailish with an h at the end? Or Sorcha? I think they're pretty easy. I also know a good few Aoifes in England now. I think lots of people would recognise it.

WhiskyIrnBru Mon 10-Apr-17 16:11:26

Siobhan, Roisin, Aine, Mairead, Aiofe. I really like Clodagh

WhiskyIrnBru Mon 10-Apr-17 16:11:29

Siobhan, Roisin, Aine, Mairead, Aiofe. I really like Clodagh

WhiskyIrnBru Mon 10-Apr-17 16:11:57

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WhiskyIrnBru Mon 10-Apr-17 16:11:59

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JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 16:23:36

Thanks all,

harriet I do love Emer (would have to go with that spelling to have a shot at people getting it right I think) but would people just think we'd spelt Emma wrong?!

drama do you think so? I thought Una was a reasonably self explanatory one (like people say Uno for the card game don't they??)

need to avoid 'sh' sounds for surname reasons so Sinead etc are out
Fionuala - I do really like this but think it would be a spelling nightmare
Bridget - quite like it

I know a few Sorchas and some are 'Sore-sha' and some 'sur-a-ka' so I think that would throw up issues. Love Aoife but it's out for family reasons.

whisky I do like Roisin, I think not toooo complicated to spell/pronounce...that might go on the list!

JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 16:24:33

noncommittal thanks! I LOVE Clodagh but DH is less keen. Spelling perhaps an issue.

Boooooom Mon 10-Apr-17 16:26:21

I am in the U.K. and would pronounce Una as Una...all lovely names

Maverick66 Mon 10-Apr-17 16:36:08

Aoife (eeefa)
Grainne (gronya)

lilydaisyrose Mon 10-Apr-17 16:38:26

I love Aisling and Grainne

MessyBun247 Mon 10-Apr-17 16:40:50

I like Bronagh, Sorcha and Nuala

JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 16:42:04

Thanks boooom I hadn't thought there would be any other pronunciation on that one.

Thanks Maverick, I do like Grainne (though I would pronounce more like Grawn Ya) but think that would be 'Grainy' in England! I have similar issues with Aine, I love it but in an English accent it's On Ya which is less appealing!!

I really like Fia as well but worry it would sound like 'fear' or like I had called her Thea and couldn't say my 'th' properly grin

JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 16:47:14

lily and messy

All gorgeous names but I don't think they fit the rule of being easy for English people to spell or pronounce. Maybe Bronagh I could get away with?

I have a very Irish name but my daughter will be a generation removed, with an English accent, and I don't want her having to explain it constantly.

Boys names that fit my 'rule' would be (eg)


All names that an English person could look at and think yep, I know how to spell/say that.

katplva Mon 10-Apr-17 16:47:45

Nuala is a lovely name, and easy to say. And I really like Fia (or Fiadh) but yes, it could sound like 'Fear' which is not so nice!
How about Clodagh, Maeve or Afric?

JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 16:56:42

katplva my concern is that she will say 'Nuala' and people will do this hmm and write 'Noola'. I do really like it though...

Love Clodagh, DH not so keen. Quite like Maeve, don't like Aifric.

Maverick66 Mon 10-Apr-17 17:19:52

Roise (Rosha)
Muireann (murin)
Niamh (Neve)

Mrsknackered Mon 10-Apr-17 17:22:43

I like Orla.
I know an Ùna and she has no issues with pronounciation.
Also suggest-
Erin (great name wink )
Caoimhe (I know a few and I think it is popular enough now that a lot of people know how to say it, much like Aoife)

I really like Ailbhe (Alva) but can imagine a lot of people get this wrong!

Mrsknackered Mon 10-Apr-17 17:23:37

I've never loved Roisin, but I think Rois (Rosh) is quite cute/cool on its own.

JedBartlet Mon 10-Apr-17 17:27:31


Roise (Rosha) - this is a definite potential! Even though it totally breaks my rule

I like Orla - me too and it very much fits the bill, it is getting very popular though annoyingly

Caitlin - hmm, possibly!
Erin grin lovely name!
Bridget - maybe, it fits the bill but I don't love it, neither does DH
Caoimhe - like this but no-one could spell it, also there a couple of ways of pronouncing it and I only like one
Ciara - possibly

Some good ideas here...keep them coming!!

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