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How do you pronounce Mairead?

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fiercebadrabbit Wed 21-Oct-09 14:42:26

My friend has just sent out an email saying this is the name of her dd

I don't want to get it wrong when I call to congratulate - is it mare-aid?

Thank you smile

Chickenshavenolips Wed 21-Oct-09 14:42:58


TheDevilEatsBabies Wed 21-Oct-09 14:44:03


i first thought "may-reed" then i thought "marry-ad" then i thought "may-ree-ad"

maybe you should say that's a pretty name how do you say it?

MerryWifeOfWindsor Wed 21-Oct-09 14:45:22

Mah - raid

LynetteScavo Wed 21-Oct-09 14:46:09


Chickenshavenolips Wed 21-Oct-09 14:46:09

MerryWife has got it better than me, mine depends on accent blush

bigstripeytiger Wed 21-Oct-09 14:51:31

I know someone with this name. Hers is pronounced My-red.

mathanxiety Wed 21-Oct-09 15:38:47

Like Parade, but with an M.

salvadory Wed 21-Oct-09 20:25:09

I'd say ma-rayth (the one i know is from Co Kerry so it could be a Kerry thing?)

fizzpops Wed 21-Oct-09 20:33:34


I was told the rhyming with parade thing as well.

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Wed 21-Oct-09 20:34:30

I suspect that however you pronounce it will be wrong

Ronaldinhio Wed 21-Oct-09 20:35:35

ma raid

but i'm norn irish

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Wed 21-Oct-09 20:37:31

I now have a cartoon brummie voice saying "married" in my head.

mummyofevilprincesses Wed 21-Oct-09 20:38:55

Rhymes with Sinead (O'Connor).

janx Wed 21-Oct-09 20:54:14

I have a cousin called Mairead - it is pronounced - my-raid

Vivia Thu 22-Oct-09 10:30:25

It's My-rid and it's beautiful

stickylittlefingers Thu 22-Oct-09 10:34:32

mair (but quite short) ai-eed (blended quite quickly).

In Dublin

You'll never be right all over the country - 4 different Irish dialects which are quite different from each other. One can only hope for the best and hope that the owner says the name early on so you can copy! (Or parent of owner in this case). In this context it's legitimate to ask, I think.

Stigaloid Thu 22-Oct-09 10:51:13

I used to work with a Mairead and it was pronounced Moor-reed.

donttrythisathome Thu 22-Oct-09 12:02:03

From the South of Ireland

Moir-ade. Emphasis on the second syllable.

fiercebadrabbit Thu 22-Oct-09 12:07:06

Thank you all very much

Have to say I'm still a little bit confused wink. I left a message saying Muh-raid. No reply as yet. Will let you know what I'm told smile

zazen Thu 22-Oct-09 12:13:07

I go with
Maar aade - it's the Irish for Margaret / Pearl.

It has a fáda (an accent) so is actually spelt Maireád, which lengthens the last vowel.

In Scots Gallic it's spelt Maighread, where you can more clearly see it's Margaret.

PlumBumMum Thu 22-Oct-09 12:19:43

Mah raid, or I would pronouce Myrrh raid because I'm a posher Norn irish than Ronaldinhiowink

Vivia Tue 27-Oct-09 14:25:11

I meant to add, when I said My-rid that this is in the northern most point of mainland Scotland. It's delicious.

PuppyMonkey Tue 27-Oct-09 14:34:55

I'd say it muh-raid too. Nice name

Jujubean77 Tue 27-Oct-09 14:39:50

mer raid gorgeous name

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