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Any thoughts on these Irish names?

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ninja Tue 26-Aug-08 14:44:43

Dh Irish and DD1 has an Irish name - so I may regret this but gives us your views....


Maebh (Maeve)
Aine (Onya)
Molly (+DH's contribution - to my mind not really Irish but quite pretty)


Fionn (Finn)

Thanks x

captainmummy Tue 26-Aug-08 14:49:00

My prev boyfriend was Irish and I fell in love with the names Niamh (neeve) and sadhbh (Sive) for girls. I love the unusual spellings of Aine and Eodhbha (sp) (Eva).

Love Fionn but it might be taken for a girl - Finn is equally nice. Tadhbh (Tigh) was another choiice of ours (we broke up soon after naming our prospective babies sad) but I suppose we would have had to live in Ireland otherwise no-one would know how to pronounce it!

kormachameleon Tue 26-Aug-08 14:50:54

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ninja Tue 26-Aug-08 14:52:32

I like Niamh but know quite a few dc's of close friends.

DD1 is Caoimhe which seems to suit her and she copes really well with the unusual spelling/pronounciation but I have to say I'd prefer something a bit easier particularly for a boy (don't know why I don't think a boy would cope as well but...)

MrsMattie Tue 26-Aug-08 14:55:52

Love Maeve / Maebh (worth bearing in mind, the anglicised 'modern Irish' spelling of Maeve is more common than the Gaelic spelling, even in Ireland)

I like Molly, although it's not strictly Irish.

Not so keen on others.

Weegiemum Tue 26-Aug-08 14:56:25

My ds is Aidan - brilliant name, not common or popular, but strong, masculine, etc...

Go for it!

Communion Tue 26-Aug-08 14:56:50

I love Maeve and Molly and all the boys names you've listde.

I'd use the anglicised spelling unless you live in Ireland thogh, but that's only because i find the Irish spelling so hard. i guess yu don't have that problem.

PuppyMonkey Tue 26-Aug-08 14:57:14

You do appreciate that the child will probably end up explaining how to pronounce the name 50 times a day and all official letters etc will always be wrong (passport, driving licence, benefits etc) so they will probbaly be re-done 700 times..? You do? Oh, that's all right then?

<<speaks from experience of having a funny spelled Irish name>>

AnnieAreYouOkAreYouOkAnnie Tue 26-Aug-08 14:58:28

I love Maeve and Molly. My favourite Irish name for a girl is Aoife. But I wasn't allowed it, as DH can't spell...

For boys, I wanted an Irish name too, but couldn't settle on one that DH could handle for either spelling or pronounciation!
But Aodhan is lovely, one of my faves.

Caoimhe is a beautiful name too.

snice Tue 26-Aug-08 15:04:56

How about Orla for a girl-no spelling probs

chipmonkey Tue 26-Aug-08 15:56:30

Unless you spell it Orfhlaith.

ninja Tue 26-Aug-08 17:31:56

I know about having to spell the name - dd is 5 and has been able to recite the spelling of her name since she was 2! She also knows that she'll get comments 'it's an unusual name' and since she was 3 has replied - 'it's an irish name'!

Saying that both my and Dh's surnames are constantly being spelt wrong (his is unusual, mine is close to a common surname).

I'm in 2 minds about Anglisized spellings though.

ninja Tue 26-Aug-08 17:32:36

Thanks for the comment by the way

brimfull Tue 26-Aug-08 17:34:02

How about Damnhait?

nailpolish Tue 26-Aug-08 17:36:36

Daire (Dara) is nice i think (boys name)

pointydog Tue 26-Aug-08 17:39:51

Maebh (Maeve) - ok
Aine (Onya) - quite like it, simple strong
Molly (+DH's contribution - to my mind not really Irish but quite pretty) - straightforward, wholesome name, reminds me of Yorkshire


Fionn (Finn) - like Finn a lot
Aodhan/Aidan - really like Aidan
Fearghal/Fergal - Feaghal Sharkey's a honey but I'm not too keen on the sound of this name. Reminds me of Graham

blowsy Tue 26-Aug-08 17:39:56

I think these names are OK-ish, but you'd be condemning your child to a life of correcting the spelling of their name and having it mis-pronounced.

Is sadhbh (sive) really a name? Is it pronounced sieve?

pointydog Tue 26-Aug-08 17:40:11

Aidan and Aine favourites

nailpolish Tue 26-Aug-08 17:40:54

ninja i see from your profile you live in england

therefore i agree with blowsy

AnnieAreYouOkAreYouOkAnnie Tue 26-Aug-08 17:45:00

sadhbh is really a name, blowsy, it's pronounce sigh-v.
I think it's beautiful.
But then I would.

Janni Tue 26-Aug-08 17:55:38

I like Maeve, Finn and Aidan. The Gaelic (?) spellings are tricky and if raised in England the child would be forever spelling out their name. Even a well known name like Siobhan is impossible for many people to spell, so I would go for the anglicised spelling if you can bear it.

themildmanneredstalker Tue 26-Aug-08 17:57:13

molly or finn

soremummy Tue 26-Aug-08 18:00:51

Orla can also be spelt as Orlaith meaning golden princess

pointydog Tue 26-Aug-08 18:03:07

Agree re the spelling thing in Engerland.

Takver Tue 26-Aug-08 18:21:56

Is the spelling thing that bad? I have an Irish surname, this may sound silly but at least people know that they can't spell it and therefore ask. Whereas DH has a peculiar spelling of a common name, and is forever getting it spelt wrong on important docs even when he spells it out.
I would go for the proper spelling and make the most of it (I missed out on an Irish first name as my parents were worried about anti Irish prejudice).

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