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manchesteruntied Thu 19-Oct-17 06:42:16

Inspiration pls smile

And at the risk of attracting negative comments, thoughts on Kathleen (shortened to Katie?) ..after my auntie so if you don't like, pls just be kind tankyouplease xxx

mathanxiety Thu 19-Oct-17 06:53:19

I really like Kathleen. I prefer it by far (x1000) over Caitlin/Kaitlyn and all the variants.

It would be nice shortened to Katie.

vlooby Thu 19-Oct-17 06:56:10

I like Kathleen too. I think it's unusual but still traditional and quie pretty. I also love Aoife but it's getting more and more common.
I also Ike Maeve for a girl and love Patrick for a boy.

Jedbartletforpresident Thu 19-Oct-17 07:12:12

Favourite girls names for me would be:
- Clodagh
- Ailis/Eilis

Boys names:
- Caolaidhe
- Tadgh

Jedbartletforpresident Thu 19-Oct-17 07:13:28

Really like Kathleen - very pretty. Katie is fine too but quite common where I am, Kathleen is lovely with Katie as an option but I wouldn't jump straight to Katie

ems137 Thu 19-Oct-17 07:18:11

I like kathleen too, my grandma is also called that!

My daughter is Niamh. My nana was Irish and some names in her family were Eilish, Nora and Seamus that I liked.

ChocolateCrunch Thu 19-Oct-17 07:46:11

I know a Kathleen, lovely name not often heard these days. She gets it shortened to Kitty.

IsThisTheRealYou Thu 19-Oct-17 08:26:16

I think it's lovely.

TyrionLannistersShadow Thu 19-Oct-17 08:37:33

Here in Ireland Kathleen would be seen as very old fashioned , and not in an old lady, cute old fashioned way, just very dated. Its everyones grannys name. Just fyi grin.
Kate or Katie are very popular here atm.

evilharpy Thu 19-Oct-17 08:43:12

I like Seán, Tadhg and Oisín for a boy. Haven't heard of a baby Seán for years!

mathanxiety Thu 19-Oct-17 08:44:26

I think Ireland may be about to join the granny chic thing. I know of a baby Bridget nn Biddy, and also a Nora, Dymphna and Bernadette all under 6.

evilharpy Thu 19-Oct-17 08:48:47

mathanxiety Dymphna is one of the names I have always hated. Possibly caused by my mum having a horrible "friend" of that name.

Maybe there'll be loads of little Jacintas and Attractas and Conceptas and Deirdres this time next year.

17caterpillars1mouse Thu 19-Oct-17 08:57:52

I like Kathleen as long as it's not shortened to Kath

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 19-Oct-17 09:47:14

For a girl I absolutely love:


I quite like Sorcha too.

For a boy, I like:


Smoliver Thu 19-Oct-17 10:03:37

I really like the name Kathleen. It's pretty and timeless.

Other names I like:



Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 19-Oct-17 10:24:07

Love Kathleen (Katie).

Dixiestampsagain Thu 19-Oct-17 10:24:41

If know of a Caitlin pronounced as Kate-leen; I have no idea if that's a common thing anywhere in the world but I'd never heard of it before.

londonfeather Thu 19-Oct-17 10:37:05

Saoirse is lovely for a girl

Liadain Thu 19-Oct-17 12:02:08

Seconding Saoirse and Roise. Also Liadain ( grin ), Eilis, Ailbhe, Cliodhna, Roisin, Fiadh, Caoimhe, Sorcha, Riona.

Boys - Fiachra, Niall, Ciar, Cian, Ciaran.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 19-Oct-17 12:48:29

Finola is a lovely name.

MacaroonMama Thu 19-Oct-17 13:19:08

I like Cuisle (pronounced Cushla) but I am biased wink

I also like Aisling, Roisin and Mairead for girls.

For boys, I do love Patrick. Also Oisin, Linus and Cornelius

n0ne Thu 19-Oct-17 13:41:04

I have an auntie Kathleen. She hates it (has always gone by Kate) but I love it wink

Blueberrysandgrapes76 Thu 19-Oct-17 20:36:04

Kathleen is nice (go with kitty or Kate as a nn)

Catriona is nice
Saoirse is nice but if you aren’t in Ireland would be difficult to pronounce
Niamh lovely and classic

Boys names -

annandale Thu 19-Oct-17 20:39:19


sneakysailor Thu 19-Oct-17 20:47:07

Yes to the old-fashioned-in-Ireland comment. Here, it's the equivalent of being called Hilda, Nellie or Doreen- but it's not quite old enough to be cool now. Katie is nice though.

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