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Traditional or Irish Boy's Name

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LivLemler Mon 19-Feb-18 16:26:26

We're having trouble deciding on a boy's name. We have a long list of names we like but no clear front runner.

We would probably go with James but close friends got there first and we want something not already used in our immediate circle. Names we like include Matthew, Joseph, Peter.

We would also consider something Irish, but as DH doesn't really speak Irish and we live in a mainly Protestant part of NI, nothing too difficult to pronounce for non-Irish speakers. Irish names we like include Cian (which again, we can't use), Aidan, Conor.

Girl's name will likely be one of Elizabeth, Aisling, Meredith.

Boy's middle name likely John after family but not a deal breaker if the first name doesn't go with it.

Rylanmakesmyheartsmile Mon 19-Feb-18 16:28:28

What about John Mark as a double barrelled name? I know quite a few John Marks from NI and it fits your traditional theme while also including John

Rylanmakesmyheartsmile Mon 19-Feb-18 16:29:14

I personally love Joseph, but not keen on Joseph John. (Not generally a fan of alliterative names)

restie Mon 19-Feb-18 16:29:52

I have a Flynn....

Steamcloud Mon 19-Feb-18 16:31:39

I know it sounds obvious but I love Patrick or Padraig.

Patrick works in all languages really well and is classless.

Noel is nice too.

Askance Mon 19-Feb-18 16:31:39


NameChangeDestroyer Mon 19-Feb-18 18:57:41


AliasGrape Mon 19-Feb-18 19:08:34

I’m not Irish but just going from some of the children from Irish families I’ve taught:


Strokethefurrywall Mon 19-Feb-18 19:13:07

I have a Sullivan.

MaryPoppinsStoleMyHandbag Mon 19-Feb-18 20:13:21

I like Cormac, Liam & Orin/Oran.

P.S LOVE Meredith for a girl.

harrietm87 Mon 19-Feb-18 20:17:45

Hi @LivLemler!

We're thinking along v similar lines, except live in London so even less
familiarity with Irish spellings etc.

Our options are Seamus or Patrick.
Also love Cormac and Conall (can't use).

Annabelle4 Mon 19-Feb-18 20:19:25

I was going to suggest Sean, but you can't have that with John

OlennasWimple Mon 19-Feb-18 20:22:14

OP - does it matter whether it's a Catholic or Protestant name? There are a few on the thread which I like but was hesitating to suggest (like Liam) because you said you were in a Protestant area

2pups Mon 19-Feb-18 20:31:56

What about Eoin?

My ds1's middle name.

I like Maeve for a girl.

Rainbowsandflowers78 Mon 19-Feb-18 21:30:48

Oisin John
Mathew John
Eoin john
Rory John

Rainbowsandflowers78 Mon 19-Feb-18 21:31:15

Snap 2 pups!

Rainbowsandflowers78 Mon 19-Feb-18 21:32:38

Joseph peter John sounds nice though

LivLemler Mon 19-Feb-18 21:34:33

Thanks for all your suggestions, lots of lovely names here, will go over the thread with DH later.

harriet we seem to be on the same track in lots of ways atm, I think we had the same due date until mine was changed. grin

OlennasWimple - not particularly. It's a naice area and I'm not worried about unpleasantness. But at the same time, I doubt many would know how to pronounce Sadhbh, for example! Whereas the Aoifes, Aislings etc would probably be fine.

Although I quite like William and my FIL's face would no doubt be a picture grin

Sophronia Mon 19-Feb-18 22:13:26


Faze84 Mon 19-Feb-18 22:16:07


thegreylady Thu 22-Feb-18 07:57:33

Finn on its own or short for Finbar or Finnian

BlueChampagne Thu 22-Feb-18 13:01:56


FlaviaAlbia Thu 22-Feb-18 13:07:24

I like Aiden.

We have a similar dilemma, I've tried to go for names that don't mark the kids out as being from one community or the other but there's a couple of names I really do like that don't fit that criteria.

Stephen isn't used much anymore but fits the traditional names. Daniel?

FlaviaAlbia Thu 22-Feb-18 13:08:15

Aidan, sorry.

dinosaurkisses Thu 22-Feb-18 19:58:13

Same story here OP- I’m from the Protestant side, met DH who is Catholic from ROI and we moved in together to a very naice village (the Queen’s NI residence is round the corner from us).

We had an agreement that if baby was a boy we’d call him William (my pick) and girl would be Sadhbh (DH’s choice)- we had a girl. My side of the family were a bit wtf about the name, but were polite enough not to say anything grin. She’s four months now and everyone’s used to it.

Agree with a previous poster about Patrick- it’s a fab name, with lots of great nicknames.

Arthur (Art)
John (Jack)

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