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MissMoodyMoo Sat 24-Feb-18 00:39:51

Pronounced keeva?

What are other Irish names?

Still leaning toward
Fiona Nn Fifi or ailise or Alice 🙈

DramaAlpaca Sat 24-Feb-18 00:44:21

I would pronounce Caoimhe as Queeva, not Keeva. It's one of those Irish names that varies in pronunciation in different parts of Ireland. It's a beautiful name but personally I'd steer clear unless you have Irish connections.

UnicornSnot Sat 24-Feb-18 00:51:17

Can't comment on Irish names, but love Fiona/Fifi smile

NightCzar Sat 24-Feb-18 01:08:18

It's my boss's name and she says Queeva. I love it but also wouldn't put child through the stress of most people not knowing how to pronounce your name on first glance. Unless you're Irish and live in Ireland.

Snowysky20009 Sat 24-Feb-18 01:14:26


LipstickHandbagCoffee Sat 24-Feb-18 01:21:32

I’d say Kwee-vah

TwentySmackeroos Sat 24-Feb-18 01:22:22

Eilis - can never pronounced Ail-ish or Eye-lish (or Eye-Leash, if you are going full native)
Niamh (Neeve or NEE-uv)
Cliodhna (KLEE-uh/NA)
Aifric (Aff-ric)
Siofra (SHEE-uf-ra)
Siodhna (SHEE-uh-na)
Maeve/Medb/Maedhbh (Mave, like knave)
Maire (somewhere between Moira and Myra)

ChocolateCrunch Sat 24-Feb-18 01:32:12

Eimear (Eemer)
Maebh (Maeve)

Duckeggloo Sat 24-Feb-18 01:34:17

Fiona isn’t an Irish name. Fifi sounds like a pet hamster, do you intend for it to be used at school/seriously?

Aoife siobhan sionead eimear nhiamn (I can’t spell it...)

OkPedro Sat 24-Feb-18 02:00:47

Duck Are you taking the piss hmm

Bimbler Sat 24-Feb-18 10:10:52

Fifi is a terrible nickname. Fiona or Fi are fine, Fifi is a spoilt chihuahua.

Roomba Sat 24-Feb-18 10:15:27

My friend's little girl is called Caoimhe, pronounced Keeva. I like it. She does have to spend a lot of time explaining how to pronounce it, or how it's spelled, but that's probably because most English people aren't familiar with Gaelic names.

MaryPoppinsStoleMyHandbag Sat 24-Feb-18 10:41:32

I like Maeve, Aine & Mairead.

Used to like Aoife but it’s been done to death lately.

MaryPoppinsStoleMyHandbag Sat 24-Feb-18 10:42:42

I also like Bronagh but not the meaning (sad, sorrowful)

greathat Sat 24-Feb-18 10:45:13


greathat Sat 24-Feb-18 10:45:57

Plus if you in England teachers will say it right smile

greathat Sat 24-Feb-18 10:46:18


Smurf123 Sat 24-Feb-18 10:50:17

I'm from Ireland I would pronounce it keeva
Also like Aobh - (eve)

AfterSchoolWorry Sat 24-Feb-18 10:54:54

I say Kweeva.

aRespectableBureaudeChange Sat 24-Feb-18 11:15:27

I think accents should be taken into account - what sounds lovely with an Irish lilt can sound ugly with some English accents. s-t-r-e-t-c-hing sound out.

When choosing a name I saw it as how not to offend my ears with others pronouncing it as well as whether I liked it eg some names ugly with some accents: eg eeeeelaine, eeeeeevon, meeeeechelle , jewwwwwlie, rosheeeeeen.

I like Orla and Siobhan which don't seem to go too wrong with an English accent.

PuppyMonkey Sat 24-Feb-18 11:17:35

Actually I hate when English people pronounce siobhan as shi-vorn not shiv-on.

RavenWings Sat 24-Feb-18 11:30:16

Agree Puppy, I think it sounds better in an Irish accent.

Fiona has Gaelic roots apparently so perfectly acceptable.

I pronounce Caoimhe as Kweeva, but either version is right. Don't call her Mairead or Fionnuala, they're very unfashionable names. It's like calling a child Shirley or Barbara.

I suggest Aifric, Alannah, Nessa, Riona, Roise, Liadan.

MissMoodyMoo Sat 24-Feb-18 11:46:34

Fiona is very close to my heart and love the cuteness of Fifi as a Nn but also having Fiona as an adult name!

Cosmoa Sat 24-Feb-18 12:41:29

I love Caoimhe! It's my favourite Irish name. Only when pronounced Keeva though..

aRespectableBureaudeChange Sat 24-Feb-18 12:46:44

Well yes, even as simple as Orla is mangled by the English accent let alone Siobhan - just not as bad as some other names are pronounced - in my personal experience.

I have an Irish name and it lifts you when pronounced with Irish lilt (doesn't have to be the whole hog Irish accent, just a lilt - someone with an ear for the difference).

Most of the time sounds ugly though...

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