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Irish names for baby girl- thoughts please

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MrsP2015 Thu 14-Dec-17 22:20:19

I'm pregnant with a much wanted and waited for baby girl after 2 boys.

If you see this name;
'Caoimhe' would you know how to pronounce?

I would pronounce it as 'Keeva' (key-va)
But like the spelling 'Ceeva' does that look like 'see-va'?

I think if we chose this name it would be with the 'K'

What about 'Keavy' (key-vee)?

Please share thoughts and opinions as I'm hoping for a name a little different but not off the scale.

Thank you. smile

holyshitballs Thu 14-Dec-17 22:28:01

I would pronounce Ceeva as see-va, sorry doesn't look right to me.
I pronounce Caoimhe as both key-va and qwee-va, but the proper pronunciation would be qwee-va
Congrats on your pregnancy smile

LipstickHandbagCoffee Thu 14-Dec-17 22:29:04

Great name Caoimhe I’d say it kwee vah
Keavy id say key vee

DramaAlpaca Thu 14-Dec-17 22:30:25

Caoimhe is one of those names that has regional pronunciation differences in Ireland. Where I live it's pronounced QUEE-va, not KEE-va, so that's the pronunciation I'd automatically go for.

I love the name, but it'll be a bit of a tongue-twister in the UK & she'd be forever spelling it out.

If you really must anglicise it, Keeva would be better than Ceeva. I don't like Keavy much, tbh.

CiderwithBuda Thu 14-Dec-17 22:30:58

Kweeva here.

I don't think I've come across a keeva pronunciation.

lorelairoryemily Thu 14-Dec-17 22:31:03

Caoimhe is a beautiful name but it's pronounced kwee-va. Please don't spell it Caoimhe and pronounce it wrong!! How about keava? I know a girl with that name pronounced keeva

OlennasWimple Thu 14-Dec-17 22:31:24

Agree with Drama

concretejungle Thu 14-Dec-17 22:32:20

. Yes

RavenWings Thu 14-Dec-17 22:33:38

Ceeva is absolutely butchering a beautiful Irish name. If you're going to use it, spell it correctly.
Where I live, Caoimhe would also be pronouncee Qwee-vah.

OkPedro Thu 14-Dec-17 22:36:46

Yup agree with all pps.. if you're going to use the Caoimhe spelling, it has to be pronounced Quee va.
If you like keeva then spell it that way.

Littlebatcalledlucille Thu 14-Dec-17 22:37:08

I love it! (Currently pregnant) I want it!
But my cousin has stolen it!
(Caoimhe) agree with other posters tho about the pronounce, it depends where you are from.

MrsP2015 Thu 14-Dec-17 22:43:32

Wow thanks for all the quick responses!

Ceeva is definitely a no then- tbh I was clutching at straws spelling it that way and Just needed confirmation from strangers (not family) it didn't look right.

Keeva I am leaning towards as I think she would be forever spelling/ pronouncing
Caoimhe and not being in Ireland many people wouldn't initially know the name.

I've not seen the spelling Keava so thanks for that. Not sure if people would see 'ava' at the end and pronounce Ke-Ava rather than Keeva (like Eva- Eee-va).

Seems like Keavy is a no too then?! (Rhymes with Evie).

implantsandaDyson Thu 14-Dec-17 22:43:43

I pronounce it Keyva as opposed to Kweva - I’m in Belfast. I went to school with a few, to be honest I find it a bit dated - like Sinead, Niamh, Siobhan. I wouldn’t change the spelling to suit how you want to say it.

Tempnamelady Thu 14-Dec-17 22:46:20

I’m English with strong Irish family connections, I would say Kweeva.

Tempnamelady Thu 14-Dec-17 22:47:44

Our friend has a Luiseach (Lucy) ?

LipstickHandbagCoffee Thu 14-Dec-17 22:47:53

If you chose a Celtic name you need to be prepared to tell folks how to say/spell it
I don’t think you can rearrange a spelling to make the phonetic name you want
There is an accent and regional angle to how caoimhe is said

Tempnamelady Thu 14-Dec-17 22:48:45

Our friends have a Luiseach (Lucy).

MrsP2015 Thu 14-Dec-17 22:49:39

Implants how old are you if you don't mind me asking?

I've only recently heard of Caoimhe and Niamh but being in UK this could be why?

What are recent/ new girls Irish names- if I can pronounce!! wink

pigeondujour Thu 14-Dec-17 22:51:56

Do you like Cliodhna at all?

MrsP2015 Thu 14-Dec-17 22:57:26

Sorry I have no idea how to pronounce that one?! confused

pigeondujour Thu 14-Dec-17 22:59:39

Clee-un-a. I love it.

MrsP2015 Thu 14-Dec-17 23:02:32

Wow the spelling and pronunciation is so difficult when you don't know it!

Yes that's a lovely name x

Maria1982 Thu 14-Dec-17 23:03:03

Oh so that's how you spell Kwee-va misses point of thread (I grew up far far away from Ireland...)

LipstickHandbagCoffee Thu 14-Dec-17 23:03:29

Klee nuh emphasuas on long kleeeee short nuh

MadameJosephine Thu 14-Dec-17 23:03:46

I think no matter how you spell it if she tells anyone her name is Key-va she’s going to have to spell it out so you might as well stick to the traditional spelling

I love Aoife, Saoirse, eilidh and Grainne

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