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opinions on this name please?

(31 Posts)
mrswardle2014 Wed 10-Dec-14 19:53:46

Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

My husband and I have fallen in love with the name Ruairi (Rory in Irish) for a boy. Is this going to be too hard for people to spell or pronounce? We love the Irish spelling as we're from Irish stock ourselves, but we live in England so I'm worried it's going to be too unheard of and he'll be very annoyed at this his whole life. But we love it as it's quite unique. I don't know if I'm over thinking it!

Opinions are appreciated, please!!

Jodie1982 Wed 10-Dec-14 20:04:10

I've never seen it spelt that way, it's very unique and I don't see anything wrong with it, just might b a little tricky for people to spell, they'll soon learn though. smile

AnythingNotEverything Wed 10-Dec-14 20:07:19

I really like the Irish spelling, but you will have to spell it for everybody.

Rory is having a bit of a renaissance. Not sure if this would bother you but I know a couple under one, although both using the English spelling.

(There's a baby names board in Topic - becoming a parent where lots of name geeks hang out)

Canyouforgiveher Wed 10-Dec-14 20:08:23

I prefer this spelling but as an Irish person I would pronounce it differently to Rory - more like Ru-ree - with that spelling.

My dd has an unusual Irish name although with a fairly straightforward spelling - or so I thought. She now uses a shortened version of the name because she was absolutely sick of no one ever getting her name right. Another child mightn't mind but she certainly does.

MildDrPepperAddiction Wed 10-Dec-14 20:12:09

Love the name, and the spelling.

The pronunciation is different though, Ru-ree, when using the correct spelling.

mrswardle2014 Wed 10-Dec-14 20:14:52

Thanks for your replies. I'm pretty sure that people who are close would just learn to spell it and that would be that, it's only 6 letters. If he hates it he can always start using Rory.

babyblabber Wed 10-Dec-14 20:22:02

I'm irish too and agree with the above ruairi is not pronounced the same as rory. So I think it depends which pronunciation you like better.

I've an anglicised irish surname and even in Ireland have to spell it every time when booking restaurants etc & it drives me a bit mad if I'm honest!

Hakluyt Wed 10-Dec-14 20:29:00

He will have to spell it every time he gives his name for the next 80 years. Very tedious. Go for Rory. Fab name. If a bit Tory Boy.

Gemz1806 Wed 10-Dec-14 20:35:22

That's so funny we are going through the exact same problem with the exact same name!! We are Scottish so would be pronounced Ru-ree any way. The spelling we have is, Ruaraidh or Ruairidh. I'm worried about problems with spelling too. Our eldest is called Innes so they sound lovely together, but I'm still not 100% sure due to the spelling issue...confused

fruitpastille Wed 10-Dec-14 20:40:40

There's one in The Archers grin

Topsyloulou Wed 10-Dec-14 20:41:33

Our 11 week old DS is Rory. We too have Scottish roots and loved that spelling and pronunciation but didn't want him to spend his life telling people it wasn't Rory and correcting spellings etc.

LittleRedRidingHoodie Wed 10-Dec-14 20:45:10

My friend at school was called Eoin (Scottish spelling of Ian) he was ALWAYS called 'e - oi - n' by everyone. I however loved the spelling and much prefer it to the English.

Go for it. My baby name is unusual but I'm sticking with it!

sunnyfrostyday Wed 10-Dec-14 20:52:49

Several children with that name, and spelling, around here. Great name and never an issue with spelling.

NinjaPanda34 Wed 10-Dec-14 21:01:37

It's on my list, but with the Scottish spelling of Ruairidh smile

HulaHoopsInTheBath Wed 10-Dec-14 22:59:05

My cousin is Ruaridh, our family are Scottish but we live in England. He now spells it Rory because nobody said or spelt it right. I think its a lovely name!

DramaAlpaca Wed 10-Dec-14 23:06:23

I love Ruairi/Rory. We went for Rory because we felt it would be easier to spell & pronounce for the English side of the family, and also I have a slight preference for the pronunciation of Rory.

If you love Ruairi, go for it. People will soon learn how to spell it & say it.

montymonty Thu 11-Dec-14 02:00:52

I think you lot give people too much credit, people will never learn how to spell his name! But they'll be able to say it. If you like it, go for it!

Squtternutbaush Thu 11-Dec-14 02:24:06

If my DD had been a boy she was going to Ruairi, we are Scottish but DP is dyslexic and could never grasp Ruaraidh so we decided on the simpler spelling.

We pronounced it Roo-Ree and I've never heard anyone confuse it with Rory except on here.

Its my favourite boys name smile

I like the name but can guarantee that some people will NOT ever learn to spell it properly. My own name is incredibly easy to spell, no really - and I still have relatives who have known me since birth who insist on adding an extra letter to it, regardless.
People who send me emails insist on adding the extra letter to it as well, DESPITE having it sitting there in front of them in the email address.

I took to sending emails back with the same extra letter added to their names so they could see how annoying it was - mostly it worked, they stopped! grin Passive aggressive, maybe, but better than being outright rude about it and it achieved what I wanted much of the time.

I have a very Irish surname (DH is half Irish) and spelling that can be a chore too - and once people see it written down, they can't pronounce it either. It's wearing, tbh.

beebop100 Thu 11-Dec-14 06:35:12

I have an Irish name, Irish spelling and it's been the bane of my life! Even in Ireland nobody knows how to spell it or pronounce it, but since I've moved to England it's just impossible. I have a job where people need to write and say my name a lot, it's just a total drag all the time. And some people can just never get it right, even people I've worked with closely for years. So, I'm giving this baby a really unambiguous name with no possibility of confusion.

Squtternutbaush Thu 11-Dec-14 07:41:07

Thumbnuts, are you me?! grin

I also have a run of the mill first name that EVERYONE adds a letter too, I have a Christmas card downstairs from my Gran with it! My surname is also a common word with a silent letter at the end which confuses the hell out of everyone so they ask how to pronounce it and spell it if I give them my name vocally confusedgrin

nevergooglebrandybutter Thu 11-Dec-14 07:48:39

I love the name and the spelling. I was just thinking about the name yesterday in fact and I'm not pregnant.

JennyBlueWren Thu 11-Dec-14 08:13:22

It's easier than the Scottish spelling! I think it's fine so long as your not the sort of person to get upset and offended if your child's name is spelled wrong on occasion.

Hakluyt Thu 11-Dec-14 08:18:01

" I think it's fine so long as your not the sort of person to get upset and offended if your child's name is spelled wrong on occasion."

This will be an issue for the parent for maybe 10 years? It will be an issue for the child for 80 years!

Squtternutbaush Thu 11-Dec-14 08:52:53

Haklyut I have a common name that I have to correct constantly because they add an extra letter as that's the "standard" spelling, yes it irks me for a few minutes but its not a massive issue.

But then I hate the name Rory wink

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