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Fiadh or Roisin?

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agteacht Fri 29-Nov-19 23:44:21

Hi all

I know this has probably been done to death but any help with Irish girls names gratefully received. I'm Irish and DH is English, we are living in the UK.

Baby is due this week... we don't know what it is actually but if it's a boy I think we are set on Fionn. DH seems to be able to pronounce it okay!

I'm a bit more stuck on girls names for some reason and again think it's now down to Fiadh or Roisin.

Fiadh (fee-a) means wild or little deer, depending on what you read
Roisin (ro-sheen) means little rose

I liked Caoimhe but DH can't cope with the spelling and said it's like Quavers.... hmm

I've also thought about Aoife and I like Éabha but not mad about the spelling for some reason - I don't know why but I don't think it looks pretty!

Any views on Fiadh or Roisin, which do you think you would choose?

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BuffaloCauliflower Fri 29-Nov-19 23:47:13

Fiadh! It’s lovely. I’m English in England and knew how to pronounce it straight away. Roisin doesn’t sound right on a child to me, though is alright for an adult.

PreseaCombatir Fri 29-Nov-19 23:48:29

I prefer Fiadh to Roisin. I heard Roisé (Roisin with an ah rather then een at the end) is becoming very popular now, I really like it

busybee987 Fri 29-Nov-19 23:49:55

probs roisin though if I'm honest id go for one of the 3 your dismissing as one is my name, the other my daughters and one my nieces lol so i might b a bit biased

TinklyLittleLaugh Fri 29-Nov-19 23:51:12

I think I would worry about her being called Fear.

And I thought Fionn was a girl’s name?

PreseaCombatir Fri 29-Nov-19 23:52:45

Fionn is the same as Finn Tinkly

Youbethebadgirl Fri 29-Nov-19 23:54:06


DramaAlpaca Fri 29-Nov-19 23:54:38

Fiadh is gorgeous. You could spell it Fia if you wanted to make it easier in the UK. The only thing is, in an English accent Fiadh will sound like 'fear'. I'm English, in Ireland, and have a friend whose daughter is Fiadh. I have to work really hard to say it properly grin

Roisin is nice, but English people tend to say it Rosh-EEN, rather than ROE-sheen. That would annoy me.

Ciwirocks Fri 29-Nov-19 23:55:03

I know a fiadh it does sound a bit like fear but that would depend on local accent. It also gets confused with Thea but it is a lovely name. I like both of your names

MrsFoxPlus4Again Fri 29-Nov-19 23:56:17

I’d never heard of Fidah till the summer. It’s a great name!

DramaAlpaca Fri 29-Nov-19 23:57:19

Fionn is the same as Finn

No it's not. Fionn is pronounced differently, more like 'fyunn'.

Ffion is the Welsh girls' name Tinkly is thinking of.

IWorkAtTheCheesecakeFactory Fri 29-Nov-19 23:58:19

I’m all “fiadhed” out tbh. It’s become really popular in the last 5/6 years and it seems like every third girl is a fiadh.

I love Éabha.

Mummyshark2018 Fri 29-Nov-19 23:58:29

I love Fiadh but also caoimhe doesn't have to sound like quaver. Northern Irish people say keeva which is much nicer imo.

agteacht Sat 30-Nov-19 00:01:40

Thank you all!

Did you @BuffaloCauliflower? That's really reassuring!!

@PreseaCombatir I quite like Roise but would worry people think it's Rosie just spelled wrong...

@TinklyLittleLaugh Fionn is a boys name from Irish folklore 😊
Father of Oisin... which I also like but is already used in the family...

Aw sorry @busybee987
I do like all three, particularly Caoimhe but DH really can't seem to cope with it. Éabha maybe still...

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DaffodilsAreMyFav Sat 30-Nov-19 00:02:45

Roisin - any day of the week!

PreseaCombatir Sat 30-Nov-19 00:02:47

No it's not. Fionn is pronounced differently, more like 'fyunn'

Oh really? I only knew one Fionn and it was just pronounced Finn.
Maybe it’s just an accent thing? Like Keeva vs Kweeva? Or maybe not, and he just says his name wrong.

busybee987 Sat 30-Nov-19 00:03:43

yeah as mummyshark said, we're northern irish so caoimhe is pronounced more keeva, its so hard picking names, but u will get there. good luck with it all

agteacht Sat 30-Nov-19 00:05:49

Oh god I'd never thought of 'fear'
I can't really hear it but I can imagine it...

I know it's quite popular back home but I don't have any friends or family who've actually used it.

@Mummyshark2018 I know what you mean but I'm not from the north so to me 'keeva' doesn't sound right and I'd go for the 'kwee-vah' version if I used it. But literally no one seems to be able to pronounce it when they see it written as Caoimhe 😬

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DramaAlpaca Sat 30-Nov-19 00:06:01

Presea I've only ever heard it as 'fyunn', and I know a few, but you could be right about it being regional. I'm in a Kweeva region grin

agteacht Sat 30-Nov-19 00:06:56

I would say Finn and Fionn are definitely different names but same origins...
Fionn yes is like 'fyun'

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PotteryWheel Sat 30-Nov-19 00:11:55

Fiadhs do seem to be multiplying at a rate of knots. I’m not keen on any of the ‘een’ names — I find them cutesy. Of yours I’d probably go for your discards more.

We’re also Irish in England, and DS was almost Iarla or Ferdia, and if he’d been a girl he’d have been Méabh or Sadhbh.

PotteryWheel Sat 30-Nov-19 00:12:35

I’m also of the Kweeva persuasion.grin

PreseaCombatir Sat 30-Nov-19 00:13:00

I think he was from the north of Ireland (but not Northern Ireland).
To be fair, he might have just told us to call him Finn because it was easier 😂
He had a brother called Donal, if I remember. (First syllable like dough-nul)
I’m worried now we were butchering these poor boys names 🙈

agteacht Sat 30-Nov-19 00:15:35

What did you go for in the end @PotteryWheel?

Is Aoibhe always pronounced Eva, never Ava?

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DramaAlpaca Sat 30-Nov-19 00:17:45

I'd say Donal the same - 'dough-nul'.

Sadhbh is my favourite Irish girls' name, but I couldn't have inflicted it on the English side of the family, they'd never have coped with it. And anyway, I had boys.

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