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Is 'Tiernan' acceptable?!

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Marrilou Sat 21-Nov-20 10:52:14

Hi could do with some advice. I live in London, my husband's family are Irish and I have an 8 month baby called Tadhg (Irish, pronounced Tyg). I am expecting again and was thinking if it's another boy would like another Irish name beginning with 'T'. I've come across 'Tiernan' online and like the sound of it but can't find much info about whether it's actually an acceptable first name in Ireland; some comments suggest it's frowned upon as a first name in the Irish community as it's anglicized surname. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?! Don't really want to run it past my husband's family as wouldn't want to announce it 'til the birth and my husband isn't sure (he was born here). Many thanks!

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TheFoz Sat 21-Nov-20 10:53:50

I’m Irish living in Ireland and I know a few Tiernans. No issue with it. It’s a lovely name.

Shinygoldbauble Sat 21-Nov-20 10:54:20

I'm Irish. I know 2 Tiernans but they have a fada on the a and are pronounced Tiernawn.

20shadesofgreen Sat 21-Nov-20 10:54:29

Yep I know a few Tiernans. I like it.

BloomShine Sat 21-Nov-20 10:55:07

I like it

20shadesofgreen Sat 21-Nov-20 10:56:48

No fada in the ones I know so both work. I definitely think loving in London Tiernan (no fada) translates well to an English pronunciation although since you braved out Tadhg I think you’d be fine either way.

Salamander91 Sat 21-Nov-20 10:57:04

My DH is called Tiarnan grin Tiernan is a perfectly normal name.

AfterSchoolWorry Sat 21-Nov-20 11:08:41

Yeah it's lovely. Turlough is another nice Irish T name.

Marrilou Sat 21-Nov-20 18:15:40

Oh great thank you, nice to have positive responses! :-)

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cactusisblooming Sat 21-Nov-20 18:20:53

The Tiernans (and two Tierna's) are pronounced Chiernan. I would have thought Tiernan was a much easier option that Tadhg!

cactusisblooming Sat 21-Nov-20 18:21:33

Meant to say the Tiernans I know are pronounced Chiernan.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 21-Nov-20 18:27:08

I went to school with a Tiernan. Nicest boy ever. It's a lovely name.

BeTheHokeyMan Sat 21-Nov-20 18:28:14

Very popular in Ireland it's a lovely name

IsFuzzyBeagMise Sat 21-Nov-20 18:28:45

Hi Marrilou, I think it is a lovely name and goes well with Tadhg. It should be more straightforward than Tadhg from a pronunciation point of view too

Kenana Sat 21-Nov-20 19:36:09

Teirnon Twrvliant was the Lord of Gwent Ys Coed and the best man in the world.

Firebird83 Sat 21-Nov-20 23:03:28

I really like it. Prefer the Tiarnan spelling though.

IsFuzzyBeagMise Sun 22-Nov-20 00:02:07

Yes, I prefer 'Tiarnan' too. It relates to the Irish word for 'lord', 'a thiarna...'.

DramaAlpaca Sun 22-Nov-20 00:37:13

Tiernan is very much a surname, but Tiarnan as a first name is great.

lydia7986 Sun 22-Nov-20 01:52:50

I used to know a little girl called Tiernan. I think it was her mother’s maiden name (they were American - and using surnames as first names isn’t uncommon there).

She got nicknamed “T-Rex” which I always thought was adorable.

20shadesofgreen Sun 22-Nov-20 10:12:15

Cactus that must be a regional thing. It is Tier Nan here. I would have said Chiernan was coming from “A Thiernan” it sounds to my ear like it should have a séimhiú.

Marrilou Sun 22-Nov-20 18:05:49

Thanks for all the helpful feedback! Didn't even know about the version with an 'a' rather than an 'e' so some food for thought there :-)

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IsFuzzyBeagMise Sun 22-Nov-20 18:11:17

I hadn't realised it either. Lovely choice. I hope you go with Tiarnan/Tiernan. Best of luck with everything.

speakout Sun 22-Nov-20 18:13:56

I like the names, but giving a child a name which is difficut to spell and pronounce and a nuicance.
It sticks for life.
So every time you make a phone call, party invitations, it is tiresome to have to spell your name every time. I have a name that needs spelled out every time and it pisses me off.
I have deliberately given my children names that are easy to spell and pronounce, to save them the bother.
So Leo, Emily, Harry etc. all easy in my book.

OwlOne Sun 22-Nov-20 18:15:06

My friend's son is called Tiernan, so I don't think it's too unusual.

Don't love it. Don't hate it.

OwlOne Sun 22-Nov-20 18:19:46

Ps, I'm in Ireland, but I used to live in the UK. The name Tiernan is obviously not going to challenge an English speaker. It's nice that it ties in with a similar meaning in Welsh!

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