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Helen8888 Fri 26-Jun-20 07:10:01

Hi,
We’re a mixed Irish/English couple living in England. Would like to use an Irish name, any suggestions? Surname is one syllable beginning with ‘K’. Thanks!

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Apparentlystillchilled Fri 26-Jun-20 07:16:50

We are in the same boat and opted for Seamus nn Shay but considered lots of others. We ruled out names which started with a hard C (like Connor or Cormac) because of our surname. It kind of depends on your view of names which English people might not easily pronounce eg Tadhg.

Sean
Fionn/Finn
Liam

Boscoismyspiritanimal Fri 26-Jun-20 07:18:13

Dara/Darragh

strawbmilk Fri 26-Jun-20 07:27:00

Rory
Patrick (Paddy)

Both were on my list for a boy

climbingcorfecastle Fri 26-Jun-20 07:33:08

My imaginary child is called Daithi, I absolutely love this name.

Helen8888 Fri 26-Jun-20 07:36:46

We like Tadhg but not sure it goes with our surname (does the g run into ‘K’ surname?).

Like Cillian but not sure about the alliteration.

Like Rory but a friend has used it so I’m not sure about using it.

Love Finn but a very close friend has used this.

Nothing standing out at the moment, find boys names much trickier than girls!

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Helen8888 Fri 26-Jun-20 07:37:44

@climbingcorfecastle I also love this but thought it might be too tricky in England!

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KaptenKrusty Fri 26-Jun-20 07:38:03

Tadhg
Oisin
Cian
Ruadhan
Rian

BigBairyHollocks Fri 26-Jun-20 07:41:34

Eamon
Caiden
Caolan
Padrig
Patrick
Cathal

SionnachGlic Fri 26-Jun-20 07:50:23

www.irelandbeforeyoudie.com/top-20-gaelic-irish-boys-names/

www.babynamesofireland.com/irish-boy-names

OP,

Here are a couple of links...

My favourites are

Senan
Diarmuid
Cian
Cathal
Ronan
MacDara
Fionn
Aed /Aodh.

I could keep going but they'd be top of the list . If the name is heavily anglicised spellingwise, then see if you can find an older irish verson of it. Pronunciations of the more unusual ones should be on the links.

Congratulations.... enjoy daydreaming & fitting names on your bump!!

TheVanguardSix Fri 26-Jun-20 07:58:41

Ardan
Naoise (Nee-shuh)
Jarlaith
Lorcan
Niall
Connor
Manann
Fergus
Éogan
Eóin

TheVanguardSix Fri 26-Jun-20 08:00:36

Oh and lastly, Finbar/Finnbar.

tenredthings Fri 26-Jun-20 08:02:19

Declan

weegiemum Fri 26-Jun-20 08:07:01

We have an Aidan. Or you could spell it Aodhan.

monkeyonthetable Fri 26-Jun-20 08:10:08

I like Ardal, Aidan, Dara and Colm.
Love Rory.
Finn is a bit widely used - though that doesn't matter if you love it.

Boscoismyspiritanimal Fri 26-Jun-20 08:21:47

Aodhan is pronounced ‘Aay- awn’.

Alwaysundecided Fri 26-Jun-20 08:30:46

We have a Rory and a Cillian. We are a mixed Irish English couple living in the UK too.
We have had lots of lovely reactions to Cillian and I'm so glad we went with it now (he's only a baby still)
I think alliteration can be lovely and sound quite strong.
We also considered Liam, Caolan and Ronan. Ronan means little seal which I thought was cute.
We decided against Tadhg as the pronunciation would be so tricky here but I do love the name.

MadeForThis Fri 26-Jun-20 08:39:04

Eoin
Liam
Cormac
Ciaran
Padrig
Pierce
Riordan
Daire
Ronan
Fergal
Sean
Seamus
Conal
Oran
Declan
Enda

CaffiSaliMali Fri 26-Jun-20 09:07:38

I love Oisín. The Welsh version, Osian, is on my list.

Ronan, Aodhan, Tadgh, Seán and Eoin are also nice.

Ronan, Rowan and Roman are all quite popular names at the moment, so this may make the name less, or more, attractive to you.

ILoveStickers Fri 26-Jun-20 09:17:42

My favourite is Dónal. Not too difficult, and good with a K last name, I think.

Alwaysundecided Fri 26-Jun-20 10:15:06

I forgot Seamus! That was a top contender. We really loved it but got put off by a couple of reactions when we suggested it. I often think my firstborn would have made a fabulous Seamus. I think the nickname Shay makes it very useable in the UK as it gives options. Seami is cute too.

cailingaelach Fri 26-Jun-20 10:17:43

I live in a Gaeltacht area and Aodhan is definitely not pronounced Aay-awn, I've never heard it pronounced that way, always Aay-dawn

Apparentlystillchilled Fri 26-Jun-20 10:50:01

@Alwaysundecided mine is often called Seamie at home (or Shay Shay by his best friend)!

sitckmansladylove Fri 26-Jun-20 10:53:08

Rian
Shea
Oisin
Cillian
Colm
Conor
Malachy

Apparentlystillchilled Fri 26-Jun-20 10:55:40

Ps I agree with PP who said a double C/I can sound really strong and we chose Cara for my youngest (hello there to anyone I've just outed myself to!), but I couldn't find any C boys names that worked without surname.

There are so many names I love- Diarmuid, Turlough, Padraig, Aodhan (def ay-dawn for me too) but English husband wanted a name that most people n England wouldn't struggle to spell. We did get a few "see-mus?" responses or sometimes get "his name is Jay?" "No, Shay, short for Seamus" but most people are fine with it. If you're both OK with having to spell his name for people, I'd go for a really Irish sounding name because I think they're beautiful.

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