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Irish boys' names - help

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LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:25:09

Hi there,

DH and I are really stuck for Irish boys' names. We're both Irish and our DS1 has an Irish name (Oisín). DS2 is due next month and we are at a standstill. We definitely want another Irish name, and preferably a little more unusual than Conor/ Seán/ Aidan, but we just cannot agree.

He loves Fiachra and Ferdia. I am not a fan. I think they sound a bit 'Lord of the Rings' TBH and also boys' names ending in 'a' are not great in the UK as they sound quite feminine.

I love Ronán and Aodh. He hates them. He has also ruled out Liam and Dara (I know it ends in 'a' but I do quite like it) which I quite like.

So - help! The only names we have come up with which we could both live with, we think, are Conn and Daithí but I don't love either of them. Any ideas?


LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:38:10

Fiachra - too close to the word for teeth. OK though (in Ireland). I wouldn't use it, and I certainly wouldn't use it in the UK
Ferdia - ok, if you are musical, well-read, well-informed and you have no tv and drink jasmine tea.
Seán/Aidan/Conor - perfectly normal names, nobody will ever judge you, but they are kind of ordinary. I guess that is part of their appeal to some parents. Blank canvas classic name.
Liam - ok I quite like it.
Ronan - for a baby? I don't know. :-/
Aodh - sorry no. this is the gaelscoil effect. You opened some ancient scroll and saw a random collection of vowels !!?? wink I just don't know what to make of it.
Daithi - I like this one. David /Daithi could work well in the UK. Not a big deal. Not pretentious, but it is not used that much even in Ireland. Very classic.

I like Dara, but I prefer Diarmuid. That is solid, classic but it hasn't been overused like some of the legend names.

7to25 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:41:04

Mine are:
Ruairi, Eamon, Cormac, Ciaran and Eoghan

CremeEggThief Mon 24-Sep-12 15:41:10

What about Fionn? Or Fergal? Both go well with Oisin.

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:46:14


let me think. Fionn wanted to marry Grainne, and Grainne wanted to marry Diarmuid. Diarmuid was loyal to Fionn and so didn't agree to marry Grainne. Grainne changed her mind in the end (skips over massive chunk here) and Oisin (fionn's son) threatened to kill Diarmuid if he married Grainne.

SO! does that rule out Diarmuid as you already have an Oisin?

What about Cormac ?

Makeminealarge Mon 24-Sep-12 15:47:53

Cian? Pronounced key-inn

MakeTeaNotWar Mon 24-Sep-12 15:51:58

We're going for Tadhg if this baby is to be a boy (due on Wed - eek!) We have a Sadhbh - I am Irish, DH is not, we live in the UK

BunnyLebowski Mon 24-Sep-12 15:56:24

What about Senán? Goes well with Oisín imo.

<thinks of all relations/friends in Ireland>

Cillian? Conan? Enda? Eoghan? Fergal? Finbar? Fintan?

Lorcan or Ruairi?

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:02:19

Thanks for the ideas.

LizLemon07 I really love Aodh but I can see why DH hates it. As it's pronounced 'Ay' he thinks it just sounds like a letter of the alphabet ("are you going to call the next child 'B'?" yadda yadda). Daithí is definitely growing on me - it's got a lovely history, unusual but not downright weird, etc.

DH has ruled out various of these options (Eamon, Eoghan, Diarmuid, Ciaran, Fionn) but Cian is good. Do you think people would just say Cain in England?

I'm not a Ruairi fan (god, I am sounding so fussy), I think because I know a very odd Scottish guy with their version.

MakeTeaNotWar Good luck with your last 48 hours! How are you feeling? I have 3 weeks to go and am feeling massive.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:03:54

BunnyLebowski Cillian is a lovely name. I've got a friend whose son is called Cillian but I guess that doesn't rule it out. He says everyone calls him 'silly-an' though - they don't get the 'k' sound.

LondonAnna35 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:04:46

Oh and the reason DH rules out Ronan BTW is because he thinks everyone will automatically think of Ronan Keating.

BikeRunSki Mon 24-Sep-12 16:08:10

Padraigh (sp?)

xxxresixxx Mon 24-Sep-12 16:13:42


Mollydoggerson Mon 24-Sep-12 16:18:09

Ruadhan (Rowan),

MakeTeaNotWar Mon 24-Sep-12 16:54:32

anna also feeling massive! I think people will get Cian once they've been told. Also love Lorcan but we have a similar-sounding surname so it doesn't work. I wouldn't automatically think of R Keating if it were Ronan

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:00:40

Senan is dreadful.

Redhillibilly Mon 24-Sep-12 17:05:29

We met a Fiachra on holiday. It took me a while to understand what the boy was saying to me (he was only 3 or 4 yrs old). I hadn't heard it before but once I was used to it I thought it suited him beautifully. His sister was called Sibhe (spelling?), pronounced Scythe

GummiberryJuice Mon 24-Sep-12 17:09:14


themammy73 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:14:55

I also have an Oisin and am looking for another Irish boys' name (just in case it's a boy). How would you pronounce Ruadhan? Is it more Roo-awn than Row-an?
Love Ferdia, Cillian and Fergal too!

LizLemon007 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:17:49

scythe?! is that what English people hear?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:22:51


AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:24:59

Or what about Aodhán?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:37:16

Would you go for Fiach rather than Fiachra?

What about Cónán?

AThingInYourLife Mon 24-Sep-12 17:43:27

themammy - exactly, Ruadhán is roo-awn.

Gorgeous name.

I love Irish boys' names. Girls' names not so much.

I have 3 DDs grin

LuellaLovesLavender Mon 24-Sep-12 17:51:32

Donnagh, Tiernan, Fergal, Conal, Diarmuid

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