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Morven or Alba?

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Scottishgirl85 Fri 15-Dec-17 17:49:31

We're expecting dd2 and looking for a name that is Scottish and unusual but not too tricky to spell or pronounce as we live in England. Dd1 is Eira (Welsh, pr Ay-ra).

So far Morven and Alba are top of the list. Interested in people's opinions, and other suggestions welcome! Thanks!

Awwlookatmybabyspider Fri 15-Dec-17 18:00:56

Both nice but although I do marginally prefer Alba. I think I'd go with Morven as
Alba and Ayra sound too similar, imo

Lily2007 Fri 15-Dec-17 18:03:25

Not overly keen on either - alba makes me think of albatross.

I probably have quite different taste but like Lorna and Bonnie.

Though you should choose what you like.

gunsandbanjos Fri 15-Dec-17 18:04:40

Is Eilidh too difficult? I love that name.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Fri 15-Dec-17 18:06:10

Eilidh (Ayley) Is gorgeous

glitterbiscuits Fri 15-Dec-17 18:06:30

Morag? That’s lovely.

Since Eira means snow maybe look for a similar theme?

Doubletrouble42 Fri 15-Dec-17 18:07:06

Love love love morven, don't like alba. Makes me think of sub standard electrical goods. ( due to a crap stereo I once owned)

gunsandbanjos Fri 15-Dec-17 18:07:50

Or...
Catriona
Isla
Alana

gunsandbanjos Fri 15-Dec-17 18:08:56

Also BBC ALBA is the Gaelic channel up here I think!

Shadowboy Fri 15-Dec-17 18:10:00

A friend has a baby called Morven it’s nice. I love Lorna more though as it sounds softer.

gunsandbanjos Fri 15-Dec-17 18:12:33

Elspeth is the Scottish version of Elizabeth, it’s beautiful.

OatcakeCravings Fri 15-Dec-17 18:14:38

Morven, Alba is Gaelic for Scotland, I wouldn't call my child Scotland.

yousignup Fri 15-Dec-17 18:16:04

Alba also means dawn, and it's quite common in some countries. Never met a Morven though!

MrsPringles Fri 15-Dec-17 18:16:07

Alba. Absolutely Alba.

It’s my fictional daughters name and I love it!

LadyPug Fri 15-Dec-17 18:16:51

I adore Morven and put it on our list but as we have no Scottish connections took it off again :-( please use it on my behalf!!!

strawberryblondebint Fri 15-Dec-17 18:18:26

I like Mirren. Easy to spell and only ever met 2 here in Scotland or Alisa

mirren3 Fri 15-Dec-17 18:21:05

Morven is beautiful, how would you pronounce Alba though? In Scotland it is not pronounced as it reads, as in Al-ba.

IVflytrap Fri 15-Dec-17 18:24:04

I really like Morven. Alba is nice too, but maybe a little too similar to Eira. Eilidh is also beautiful, but definitely too similar to Eira, unfortunately.

Mirren
Marsaili
Elspeth
Annis
Iona
Sorcha
Siofra

AethelflaedsWhiteGoose Fri 15-Dec-17 18:26:06

Alba means dawn in Spanish. I know two little girls with this name, both living in the Netherlands. I prefer it to Morven.

ChocolateCrunch Fri 15-Dec-17 18:28:07

I like both and I know a 4 year old Alba. I think Morven sounds better with Eira though. Do you like Flora, Innes, Lorna or Shona?

eastlondoner Fri 15-Dec-17 18:29:42

As a non Scottish person I'd assume Morven was a boy's name.

teaandakitkat Fri 15-Dec-17 18:33:31

Alba has too many associations with Scottish independence for me, I would think it was a bit of a political statement. But if you're not in Scotland maybe that's not a problem.
And it sounds a bit like your older daughters name.
And I had an Alba tv back in the day.

Morven is lovely, I don't know anyone called Morven.

genever Fri 15-Dec-17 18:33:42

Are you Scottish or Welsh?

TheGirlOnTheLanding Fri 15-Dec-17 18:36:45

Morven for me, partly because of the stereos and Gaelic tv channel. I know a few, some in their 40s and two in their teens. Eira is beautiful but with Alba it might be mistaken for Eire! (Scotland and Ireland).

I also love Morna and Mirren/Muirne.

Deux Fri 15-Dec-17 18:41:03

Just an aside if you don't know, Morven is a mountain in Caithness. It's very picturesque and you can see it from many miles away.

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