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Niamh, Neve or something else entirely?

(30 Posts)
glasshalfsomething Wed 05-Jul-17 08:28:01

Just that really!

I love the name, and have no objection to the traditional spelling, but having grown up with a pain in the ass name, I'm hesitant to land any child with a name that has to be corrected or spelled all the time.

I just can't decide which variation to use, or whether to fall back in a less loved name?


(it could be a boy, which would be lovely as that name has been agreed 😊)

JasonDerulo Wed 05-Jul-17 08:29:55

Niamh!!! So pretty and fairly well known anyway

Choccyhobnob Wed 05-Jul-17 08:34:40

I have this thought often too as I have Irish heritage but my married last name is very obviously 'foreign' so I feel the combination of the traditional Irish Niamh with my surname doesn't go anymore so I have contemplated Neve or Nieve. Both nice names but if you don't have a pain in the ass surname go for Niamh!

Iamcheeseman Wed 05-Jul-17 08:39:31

I taught a niamh who at about age 9 had her name 'officially' changed to neve as her parents were fed up of people not having a clue how to say it. It's a bit like siobhan. Once you've heard it and know, it's fine, but lots of people have no idea what those names actually say. It's a tricky one.

glasshalfsomething Wed 05-Jul-17 08:43:36

Wow cheeseman, that's quite an effort to go to.

Alternatives would be

- Caitlyn
- Carys
- Evelyn
- Charlotte

juneau Wed 05-Jul-17 08:49:09

I would avoid Caitlyn, because of 'Caitlyn' Jenner.

I like Niamh or Neve and I'm surprised that such a well-known name is still mis-spelled.

Charlotte is lovely, but popular at the moment. I know of several and thanks to Princess Charlotte I suspect there are many more.

Carys is lovely (I was going to use this if I'd had a girl).

Evelyn is going to end up as Evie, which is v. popular (and rather tired, I think, as its been popular for a good 10 years at this point).

thisismadness77 Wed 05-Jul-17 08:51:19

We have a 4 year old Neve. I love her name. smile

user1471523202 Wed 05-Jul-17 08:53:40

I have a Niamh! We were unsure on the spelling but just decided to go for it. Haven't regretted it, I think only one person (she's 9 months) has mispronounced it. It's much more common now so most people spell/pronounce correctly

hollyisalovelyname Wed 05-Jul-17 08:53:41

How do you pronounce Neve ?

BikeRunSki Wed 05-Jul-17 09:01:32

I know/know of many Niamh/Neve/Nieves Mongst DS's peers (8/9). Niamh is the most popular spelling and I think it's pretty well known and understood amongst English speakers now.

glasshalfsomething Wed 05-Jul-17 09:02:32

Juneau - you've hit the nail on the head with each of those! I love the names, but the popularity/associations are frustrating!

AmysTiara Wed 05-Jul-17 09:03:35

Niamh. It's popular so I'd think most people would know how to pronounce it now

glasshalfsomething Wed 05-Jul-17 09:03:38

Reassuring to know user147.

I would pronounce Neve same as Niamh, no?

thisismadness77 Wed 05-Jul-17 09:03:39

Holly like eve with a n in front.

hollyisalovelyname Wed 05-Jul-17 09:37:21

Thank you.
Neve Campbell the actress is the only Neve I've heard of. I didn't know if it was pronounced Nev A blush

indigo13 Wed 05-Jul-17 09:42:38

I think its a nice name. Ill just add that recently I heard it called out in a group setting and it wasn't easily heard, as in it was a sort of nothing sound compared to the other names being called

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 05-Jul-17 09:47:39

Charlotte is lovely.

thisismadness77 Wed 05-Jul-17 10:09:42

Holly I have family in the US and they always referred to Neve as Nev, apparently that's how Neve Campbell is pronounced! As we always emailed pics etc rather than speak on the phone we didn't realise until they finally met her aged 2 that they always called her 'Nev'. Ha baby Nev! Reminds me of when I took Neve to baby clinic at weeks old and they called her name out as Steve. Who has a newborn Steve?!

MikeUniformMike Wed 05-Jul-17 17:41:57

Carys is a welsh name that was hugely popular in the 1960s so sounds very dated to Welsh speakers. Caitlyn - too popular and too many spelling variations unless you go for the Irish spelling.
Charlotte is OK and Evelyn is a bit too much like Eve/Eva/Ewa/Evie etc.

DramaAlpaca Wed 05-Jul-17 17:49:09

I don't pronounce Niamh and Neve the same at all.

In the part of Ireland where I live Niamh is pronounced as if it has two syllables, a bit like NEE-uv, but the second syllable is very soft.

It's hard to explain in writing but it certainly isn't pronounced Neeve as Neve would be.

I suppose in the UK it wouldn't matter, and I think the pronunciation even in Ireland might be different according to region.

bridgetreilly Wed 05-Jul-17 19:42:08

Niamh not Neve, which just looks ugly to me. I think it's become common enough that people will pronounce it properly.

But personally, I much prefer Carys or Evelyn.

HappyLollipop Wed 05-Jul-17 19:52:07

Go for Niamh it's a fairly well known Irish name at this point so there's few people won't know how to pronounce it, I'd say go for it!

glasshalfsomething Wed 05-Jul-17 21:39:10

Thanks all. Carys would be my first choice, but there's no convincing DH.

He would like Caitlyn and I've countered with Niamh which he would be happy with.

Also debating Catriona, but again there's a pronunciation issue 😕 and I don't love it.

Any other suggestions welcome....typing this Thread up has made me realise I do lie C names...

thisismadness77 Thu 06-Jul-17 12:25:35

Seren is nice. Think it's Welsh, means star.

MikeUniformMike Thu 06-Jul-17 12:56:48

Seren is something a welsh speaking person would call their pony. It is naff as a little girl's name. It's on a par with Twinkle.

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