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

Orla
Tara
Clodagh
Alannah
Cara
Una

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

Siobhan
Aine
Aileen
Sinead
Shannon
Mairead
Fionuala
Bridget
Agata

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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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??)

aww
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

rockaby
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)
Nuala
Erin
Maeve
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)

Patrick
Declan
Ciaran
Aidan
Conor
Sean
Cormac

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

Dervla
Roise (Rosha)
Muireann (murin)
Fiona
Caitlin
Niamh (Neve)
Aideen

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

I like Orla.
I know an Ùna and she has no issues with pronounciation.
Also suggest-
Eilish
Caitlin
Erin (great name wink )
Bridget
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)
Ciara/Keira
Catriona

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

Maverick

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

Mrsknackered
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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