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A name for our baby boy to be.. The First Shortlist!

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mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 18:02:59

So dh and I are both Irish and living in the UK.. We'd like a name that's a bit 'Celtic' but not unpronounceable.

Here's our list so far:
Oran (ok, ok, you won't know how to pronounce it but it's oh-run with the stress on the oh)
and.. (not particularly Irish)

Our surname is O'Neill, if that helps! So apart from Tom, keen on the 2-syllables.

Anyone who has any other suggestions, please wade in!

LynetteScavo Thu 13-Aug-09 18:04:58

I like Oran, Declan and Finbar best.

SoupDragon Thu 13-Aug-09 18:06:19

I was abut to say I liked Oran but I don't think the Oh sound goes with your surname.

screamingabdab Thu 13-Aug-09 18:07:15

I like Declan, and Finn, though not Finbar - Finn is pretty popular at the moment

I love Lorcan, and also Gabriel (DH vetoed that)

FlightHattendant Thu 13-Aug-09 18:08:46

I like Tom the best...could you have Thomas?

screamingabdab Thu 13-Aug-09 18:09:13

Also, what about Patrick ?

mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 18:16:07

Patrick is just too Irish (and a bit too stereotypical). Tom is dh's favourite, but I think it's a bit common these days.
Lorcan is like a Dublin chav's name to me! Sorry!

GoldenSnitch Thu 13-Aug-09 18:21:05

How about Torin?

screamingabdab Thu 13-Aug-09 18:21:28

blush I didn't know that about Lorcan (never been to Ireland in my life !)

Metella Thu 13-Aug-09 18:23:05

Liam has been hijacked by non-Irish people.

I like Finbar and Declan but Finbar can be shortened to Finn (nice) whilst the only shortened form of Declan I've heard is Decky (not-so-nice grin).

mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 18:24:04

Poor old Lorcan was probably some saint or something, but that's what it means to me! As my mam always says about this name he'd be 'lurkin'... in the shadows with a knife' grin

screamingabdab Thu 13-Aug-09 18:29:29

What about Evan (I know it's not Irish, but it has a similar feel to your names and is easy to spell)

proverbial Thu 13-Aug-09 18:32:36

Lorcan is the Irish for Lawrence/Laurance. St Lorcan/ Laurence O'Toole was a 12th century Archbishop of Dublin, the first native Irishman to be a bishop (they were normally Normans) He was the patron of orphans and children in poverty and did many great works.

mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 18:37:49

Ah, the guilt.. Poor old Lorcan spent his life doing good works and then gets associated with knife-wielding thugs.. wink

proverbial Thu 13-Aug-09 18:39:51

Maybe the Fair City influence? grin

Theres always St Barry....wink

weaselbudge Thu 13-Aug-09 18:54:34

i like Finn (never heard of finbar before)I don't think it matters that Tom is popular - it's a good solid name that will always sound great.

mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 19:04:20

Nicely spotted proverbial! To be honest, I'd forgotten all about him but I bet he's at the root of all this Lorcan-related trouble! Hey I could call my boy Bella! Now there's a name to conjure with..

Weaselbudge, I know Tom's a classic.. but I'd ideally like something that I haven't come across at work. Peril of working with kids in particular.. You know how it is, you just associate names with people/kids you know.. and I can think of some pretty belligerent Toms and wish that I couldn't grin. Not that they were bad kids.. but they weren't my kid and the name is a bit less fresh for me.

Tidey Thu 13-Aug-09 19:15:15

I like Liam and Finn, but I'm not keen on Finbar cos of the Rubbadubbers. Tom is a lovely name but I suppose it might be too plain or common for a lot of people's tastes. Declan is okay. I don't like either of the others.

KateF Thu 13-Aug-09 19:28:02

I like Brendan, Liam and Tom. My friend has a Liam and an Aidan (love Aidan) and I like Ciaran as well. They're all "normal" names but not overused, except maybe Tom.

pointydog Thu 13-Aug-09 19:43:17

Brendan - not keen
Declan - ok
Finbar - much prefer Finn but I suppose thaty could be the nickname
Oran - like it, like the sound
Liam - like it (although they are always trouble wink)
Tom - like it

Good choices!

I like Aidan and Patrick too.

slowreadingprogress Thu 13-Aug-09 19:47:14

It has to be Oran O'Neill, surely smile Sounds lovely to me and it's unusual. Good name!

pointydog Thu 13-Aug-09 19:48:34

Oran O'Neill is pretty damn cool

Caitni Thu 13-Aug-09 20:00:23

I really like Brendan and Declan (even with Dec-y as the nn). I LOVE Finbar...but then I'm from Cork so I would say that grin. One of my pet hates is Finn as a proper name, probably as I just can't separate it from Finbar...Oran is pretty unusual, so if you want something more unique then this is a good 'un (works v well with your surname). Not too gone on Liam - bit too Oasis for me. Love Tom - a total classic.

Caitni Thu 13-Aug-09 20:01:49

PS Mrsbean grin at your mam and her take on Lorcan grin

jellybeans Thu 13-Aug-09 20:12:33

I like Brendan

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