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mum2niamh Fri 01-Aug-08 09:02:42

my dd is called niamh and i would like a celtic/irish/scottish name for my next child, sex as yet unknown. Suggestions please!

WaynettaSlob Fri 01-Aug-08 09:06:55


ghosty Fri 01-Aug-08 09:09:58

I taught a little girl called Sadhbh - pronounced Sive.
I think it's a lovely name to hear but I know she used to get very weary (even at 7) of saying to teachers (who were struggling with her name on a list), "It's SIVE, like FIVE but with an S"

ghosty Fri 01-Aug-08 09:11:35

This is a nice site to get some ideas from

branflake81 Fri 01-Aug-08 10:28:06


chipmonkey Fri 01-Aug-08 10:57:17

Aisling, Orla, Roisin, Caoimhe, Etain, Siobhan

Boys: Ruairi, Conor, Oisin, Oscar, Darragh, Cilian

cremolafoam Fri 01-Aug-08 10:59:16


mum2niamh Fri 01-Aug-08 12:02:57

thanks, but how do I pronounce Aoife, Roisin, Caoimhe, and oisin? I like the spellings!

nervousal Fri 01-Aug-08 12:04:50

Aoife = eef- a
Roisin = rosh - een
no idea re the others

Blocky Fri 01-Aug-08 12:11:58

Caoimhe - quee-va

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Fri 01-Aug-08 14:31:55

Don't choose a name you don't know how to pronounce. Nobody else will either and it's not fair. Pick something like Callum/Finlay/Cameron that are in common use in england.

CuckooClockWorkShy Fri 01-Aug-08 15:25:06

Roisín or Maeve would be two of my favourites.

I also love Clodagh. (gh silent)

Boys' names, like Tadhg, Cathal, Diarmuid, Cormac, Oisín, and although it's not gaelic, I love Patrick. I wouldn't be a fan of Pádraig. Every Pádraig I know ends up 'podge' which is awful.

CuckooClockWorkShy Fri 01-Aug-08 15:27:20

ps, I don't know whether you're in Uk or Ireland, but if choosing a name like Maeve, there's NO need to spell it Maedhbh. Maeve is perfectly acceptable in Ireland.

I'm sure there is a more anglicised spelling of Saedhbh in use in Ireland.

Síofra is my dd's ballet teacher's name. It's Irish for Fairy. Sheefra for those who don't know how to pronounce it!

bythepowerofgreyskull Fri 01-Aug-08 15:29:28

my friend is called aisling
pronounced Ash-ling
she has to tell people once or twice and puts up with people spelling it wrong..
Worth it I think for a very pretty name.

crumpet Fri 01-Aug-08 15:32:40

What about Ailish?

jamescagney Fri 01-Aug-08 15:42:57

Macdara (m)
Fiachra (m)
Paidi (m)
Colm (m)
Cearbhall (m)
Saoirse (f)
Sinead (f)
Roisin (f)
Blaithin (f)
Aoibheann (f)

fransmom Fri 01-Aug-08 15:45:38

dannan? i heard it on a programme my dd was watching and it was for a girl but not sure what it means?

ilovemydog Fri 01-Aug-08 15:48:06

Love Saoirse

watsthestory Fri 01-Aug-08 15:49:32

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BitOfFun Fri 01-Aug-08 15:54:42

My beautiful red-haired daughter is Roisin, and it really suits her. I tend to call her Rosie for short though, and at least people can spell it!

watsthestory Fri 01-Aug-08 15:59:13

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Comerscroft Fri 01-Aug-08 16:17:00

Eilish (pronounced eye-lish) is a lovely Irish name, which is the same as Elizabeth.

Comerscroft Fri 01-Aug-08 16:19:31

Sheena and Shona (Siobhan in gaelic) are Scottish, and mean the same as Jane.

Morag is also Scottish--I don't know the Gaelic spelling--and means the same as Sarah (princess)

fransmom Fri 01-Aug-08 16:21:56

what does dannan mean??????? tia

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